When Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, one of the most interesting features the company demoed was Timeline, which lets you find and resume your recent activities as you move between PCs and iOS and Android phones. It’s basically a global task view, backed by Microsoft’s cloud services. Like some other features, Timeline wasn’t quite ready in time for the Fall Creators update, though, so it’s only today that Timeline is making its debut in the latest Windows 10 Insider preview build (and only for those users who are in the more experimental Fast ring, as well as those who opted in to the Skip Ahead builds).
The basic idea here is provide the users with an easy to use overview of all their recent activities, be that a document they were working on in Word or a website they were looking at in Edge (maybe even on an Android phone), and then let them pick up when they get back to their laptop or their desktop in the office. Timeline will highlight those documents that the users will likely want to work on, but it also will present them with a full list of their recent activities, organized by hour. Cortana, too, can remind the users of activities that it thinks they’ll likely want to resume as they switch between devices.
to the ones who have already installed the latest update, the new Timeline view will leave behind the new Task View icon in the taskbar, or it can be reached by pressing Windows + tab.
It’s worth noting that app developers do have to explicitly support this feature in their apps. Right now, this means only browsing in Microsoft Edge and documents from Microsoft Office, as well as activities in Windows 10 apps like Maps, News, Money, Sports and Weather, are supported.
Besides numerous updates to the Edge browser, another new feature that actually looks quite useful is Sets (which the company first announced last month, though only a subset of Insider users will get this with this release). The idea here, Microsoft says, is to let you group documents, other files and applications that belong to a given task and make those available to you with a single click.
Maybe a better way to think of this is as universal tabs that allows users to group applications like Word, OneNote and the browser into a single window that allow them to switch between switching between browser tabs.
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