Microsoft will restrict Windows 10 Timeline feature from July 2021
Windows Timeline activity history is a feature developed by Microsoft many years ago. With this feature, users can quickly synchronize tasks and resume work between office and home computers.
The functions that support synchronization include the loading of Microsoft 365 series software, browsing history, and some applications. Users only need to click to restore progress.
However, in the Windows 10 development version released in the spring, we mentioned that the activity history synchronization function seems to disappear. At the time, Microsoft did not formally explain it. Microsoft will stop supporting this feature directly from July instead of stopping support after 21H2 is released.
Today, Microsoft released a support announcement formally stating that the activity history synchronization function will be the end of support. Currently, the end of support is mainly for consumer versions.
That is, if the user’s Windows 10 system is logged in with an ordinary Microsoft account, the activity history will only be saved on this machine from July and will not be synchronized with other devices.
However, if the user’s login account belongs to an Azure AD account, it can continue to be used. Therefore, the consumer version of historical synchronization is mainly discontinued.
Microsoft did not explain the reason for discontinuing this feature, but it is very likely that the usage rate of this feature is relatively low, and generally low usage features will be discarded.
What needs to be emphasized is that if you use the timeline function frequently or rely on the timeline function, the currently stopped synchronization of historical records should not have a serious impact on you.
Microsoft said that as an alternative feature, users can use the Microsoft 365 cloud synchronization function to continue to synchronize the work progress of office software or cross-device synchronization.
Including saving and accessing cloud records at any time through the client or Microsoft 365 online version, of course, the premise is that you need to subscribe to Microsoft 365.