Does it really matter if Microsoft cuts features from a Windows 10 release?

Last week, Microsoft announced that it was cutting a blockbuster feature from the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Known as Timeline, this new feature is essentially a glorified recent apps screen that allows the user to jump back in time to an app that was open previously and pick up exactly where they left off. It also synced apps that were open on other devices as well, whether that be other Windows 10 devices or an iOS/Android based smartphone.

It's a clever feature that essentially brings a users devices and experiences together in one screen. You can use Timeline to see all your recent apps, from all of your devices. But now that this feature has been cut from the Fall Creators Update, Windows Insiders, fans and enthusiasts alike have been outraged at Microsoft's inability to build an announced feature in time for release. This isn't the first time Microsoft has had to cut features from a release, either.

But I can't help but wonder if it even matters when Microsoft cuts features from a scheduled release. When an update goes out the public, the majority of people who get that update aren't even aware of the features that are coming in it, because they aren't privy to the Windows Insider Program or Microsoft's official channels where they announce new features. Microsoft cutting Timeline from the Fall Creators Update means nothing to the majority of Windows 10 users out there today.

Back before the Creators Update was launched, Microsoft cut a feature called My People, which many considered to be the Creators Update's blockbuster feature. It's been a few months since that update was released to the public, and it's not like that release of Windows 10 is severely lacking in anything, because it isn't. Microsoft's cadence of updates is designed in a way so that each one isn't that significant of a release, but rather featuring smaller changes and improvements that built up over time.

Unlike macOS, iOS and Android, where feature updates come once a year, Windows 10 is on a twice-a-year update cadence. This means that if a feature is cut from one release, it's only half a year before that feature gets put into an official update. In the case of My People, that was cut from the Creators Update that launched in April; users can expect to see it officially launch in the Fall Creators Update in October. That's only six months between its originally planned launch, and it actually launching.

Timeline will be coming in the next major update now, scheduled for April 2018. That's not a long time and is a much shorter wait compared to the yearly-or-worse release cadence of other platforms.

Sure, a feature being delayed is still bad news. But it isn't that bad of news. I'm pretty sure most people would rather Microsoft delay a feature if they feel it isn't ready than push it out early and hope for the best. I think the thing people are getting most upset at is the fact that Microsoft is unable to stick to its own release schedule for features. Luckily, there's a way around this. I think Microsoft should stop giving time frames or pinning releases to features that it demos or announces.

Timeline was announced at Build 2017 in May, during a demo that was all about the Fall Creators Update. Speakers on stage referred to all the features they demoed as features coming in the Fall Creators Update, and as such we all assumed those features would be ready in time for that release. If Microsoft had just said on stage that "everything you're about to see will be coming in the next several updates," then everything would be groovy.

If Microsoft had simply positioned its demos as features that were currently in the works for the next few Windows 10 releases, the news that Timeline isn't coming in the Fall Creators Update wouldn't have been as damning as it was. Same goes for Cloud Clipboard and any other features that are not going to be ready in time for the Fall Creators Update. Next time, just say these features will be showing up over the next few Windows 10 updates, instead of pinning a specific update to features that the Windows Team likely won't be able to finish in time. It's simple.

Or at the very least pare back the number of huge features announced this far in advance.

I'm always curious as to what our readers think. How would you suggest Microsoft improve its messaging towards features being cut or delayed? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • It is not about whether features are in or out. It is what you say on one hand, and do at the other.
  • Agree. "We'll provide updates to all WP8.1 phones"
    "We are committed to Mobile and our mobile fans".
    "If OEM don't make devices, we F%&@#$g will"
    🤬 😑
  • TBH, I wish they'd just release Windows 8.1 ROMS for the Lumia 950, HP's and Alcatel's newer phones. 10 Mobile sucks ass. It's improved, but in two years of life it still hasn't become as good as its predecessor.
  • Comically and predictably, the fanboy trolls vote down a simple comment suggesting a feature. You're all laughably stupid and pathetic.
  • I think that you're understating what it means to provide the ability to install an old OS on phones, neither of which were designed or ever suported the other. It's far more just a "feature". I'm not down-voting the comment because, whether I agree or not, people can want whatever they like. That said, I'm also not one of those people complaining that Microsoft is spending resources on other things when they should be directing them to genuinely improving their current products.
  • No, I understand exactly what it means, and it's not that difficult. Go look at XDA Developers, where a handful of independent folks ROUTINELY port various versions of Android to devices that never got those versions officially. Years ago, they used to do the same thing with Windows Mobile devices in the pre-WP7 days. Your supposition that Microsoft is incapable of doing this without great effort is ridiculous on its face.
  • on that note, i would love a samsung Note with windows 10 on it.
  • I upvoted you for the feature request, but downvoted you for saying "Windows 10 Mobile sucks ass" as for me it's been the best version so far. It's more laughable that you have a hissy-fit just because a few people disagree with you - that sounds way more stupid & pathetic than polite disagreement via downvoting.
  • Nobody's having a hissy fit except you idiots who downvote opinions. And you can pretend all you like, but you're a goddamned liar. Windows 10 mobile is ****. It's easily the worst version of Microsoft's mobile OS efforts ever released.
  • Its unfortunate but true and even more so 8.1 is no longer supported and I assume 10 is on life support. though my idol 4S did get and update to 10.0.15063.483 a few days ago.
  • The sentiment of your comment - regardless of its feasibility - is completely valid, at least to me.
    What you describe as "good" is actually about the "fast and fluid" mantra that was part of its unique design. Yes, those are gone and it's sad.
  • Well said.. I know there are a few we are forgetting as well.
  • I think it's only good to cut a feature if they are thinking that they can deliver an improved version otherwise doesn't matter. They should have been more like apple who is very slowly adapting windows 8 and windows mobile design language in their iOS and macs. MS should have done windows 8 metro overhaul gradually with windows 10. I don't really hate them for cutting a feature. What I hate the most is "not believing in their own design and UI/UX and loosing confidence over time." This sucks because since windows phone 8 and windows 8 they are really taking good UI and feature decisions and later has been removed and after removal by Microsoft other companies are adapting more and more to that and blabbering in the media how they created it.
  • The real question is why they always overpromise? It seems that they can't help it, getting people excited, then all of sudden back down.
  • Hype is the thing.
  • Oh, dear. Timeline-hype? Cloud-keyboard hype (the delay will probably mean, that Windows gets it after it has rolled out with Android and iOS)? And the most hyped features of the not-so distant past got cancelled completely.
  • The painful part of the way this always works out is that you get that Ron Paul "It's Happening" Gif feeling and then you are always disappointed as hell when just about all of the really useful features they are planning get delayed or even disappear and are never spoken of again. I've really had to reassess my faith in MS' desire to have a consumer mass market OS a decade from now. Is there any real reason for why they never get really awesome new features? Look at that people bar for example. It is such a poor implementation that hasn't change pretty much at all since it first was released to insiders. Such a poor design. It makes me look back at the halcyon days of Paint3D with nostalgia. 
  • Yeah, the My People is still left like it was pre-alpha stage implementation. UI-wise, its a clusterf**ck, nowhere near from what they've shown on last Build event at all.
    Microsoft hasn't change, they just don't get it or don't know what is the meaning of polish and good communication on how these promised features be delivered on their presentation. It shows their poor planning and over-hyping things that they can't deliver on time nor able to complete and polish the specific feature.
    Task View for example hasn't been polished and complete its feature since the first release of Windows 10. How many people requesting several freaking time to have an ability to rearrange desktops? rename it? have keyboard shortcuts? Or even just polish or implement all the animations on every UI action? They just can't manage to complete things that they already have. They let it rot then after few months or so, they will announce that feature isn't utilized well by users because of low usage or bad implementation
  • It's worth taking a look at Ubuntu to answer this, which is updated on the same 6 month cadence. Over the years, planned features have been dropped from an update to ensure that the release hits the intended launch date (from memory the change to Unity being the default comes to mind, which I think shipped in a later release than intended). I see no reason to take issue with Microsoft for "delaying" a feature from an update if it means that the feature update launched on the intended schedule and with fewer stability issues as a result. Maybe it's just me but my takeaway from Build wasn't that Timeline wouldn't necessairly launch as part of redstone 3, just that it would launch at some point in the future. Same goes for the My People feature, I can't find anything that specifically stated it would be added to the Creator's Update, just that is was planned to be added in a feature update when ready. tbh I'd answer the question posed in the title differently - it's more of an issue if an existing feature is cut from the OS (see the rumours on HomeGroup being cut from the next update - that is more of an issue).
  • There's a difference you're forgetting between Windows and Ubuntu: price. If I'm getting something for free (as in beer), I don't care if I'm not getting all that I was promised. If I'm paying $120 for a product, I expect it to have everything I was promised. And I expect those features to work well. Sure, there can be a couple of minor bugs, but all this "lol jk nvm" stuff tells me Microsoft doesn't actually care about me the consumer, they just want to take my money then and bail. If Microsoft can't deliver, they shouldn't charge. And don't go on about that whole free upgrade thing, the cost for a Windows license is built in to the cost of a new PC and some of us build our own computers, where we do actually need to buy a licence.
  • It does matter if they promise something that they can't deliver in the timescale they say
  • They never specifically said that the features they announced at Build 2017 would be coming in the Fall Creators Update though... I would rather have a refined and more helpful feature than having a half-backed feature only making things more cluttered and time consuming.
  • Based on this, push My People back too. It's a mess and nowhere near the original marketing renders
  • To that I agree, Microsoft should stick to what they announce in terms of features. However, even if something is found to not add any value to the OS, then I would rather have the time spent in improving or developing another feature. But yeah, announcing something and then retracting it isn't the best marketing strategy.
  • At Build 2017, Microsoft said on stage that all of the features they demoed would be coming "later this year in the Fall Creators Update". This was confirmed to me in a pre-briefing with Microsoft before the event, and via Microsoft people after the event.
  • You know, I think it would matter more if Microsoft actually MARKETED any of Windows' features. As it stands, almost none of my clients, friends, and bizarrely, sometimes even IT colleagues, don't even know that many of the OS's best features exist, much less how to use them.
  • @jasongw This is an important point, and segues right into my reaction: It doesn't matter if noone cares. That's kind of where I see Microsoft with all this at the moment. Disappearing into irrelevancy by not pushing their presence to consumers. Not many people will care about these delays because not many people were following it in the first place.
  • That's true. They remove features citing "low usage", and it never occurs to them that maybe some of these great features aren't getting used because nobody except the hardcore techie crowd even knows about them. Consider live tiles. Several advantages over icons, and yet where's the Microsoft marketing showing consumers why they're great or how they can be used differently? Nowhere to be found. Five years of live tiles and they've yet to explain them to the average joe in a mass market commercial.
  • Or those features are left to rot by not polishing, bug-fixing, improving nor completing the features necessary. They tend to introduce new things, hype it a bit, then abandoned it until next couple of months or years, then realizing why the feature is under-utilized. Live Tiles is another big and more visible Windows feature that is already under the rug of abandonement. The interactive Live Tile should be one big huge feature and usability improvements since its inception from Windows Phone 7. Yet, Microsoft doesn't seem to care much about Live Tiles that some of their apps don't even fully utlizing its capabilities to full extent (Microsoft To-Do Task and Skype anyone?). People will keep dismissing that Live Tiles is usless, because Microsoft themselves don't even improve it further to be more usable, extend the funtionality to other areas of the platform, and promoting it! This is why Microsoft is having a hard time on consumers, they don't follow-up their existing things. Then somebody release similar things and get recognized by it while Microsoft is nowhere to be seen or acknowledge that they have it already
  • When you add interactivity to Live Tiles, they stop being Live Tiles and turn into full blown widgets. I think Microsoft just couldn't figure out how to do it elegantly. Live Tiles (and widgets to a certain extent) just aren't popular enough to be worth the effort.
  • Yes, actually, they did.
  • I agree on the overpromising, but don't mind so much if things are slightly delayed.  It's when they turn into vaporware that it can be problematic.  I'm glad that placeholders are finally making it back, even if I'm disappointed in how long it took for it to start happening.
  • It does. Makes Microsoft evangelist look like idiots. We go around talking all this good stuff, then Microsoft removes it behind our backs and makes us look bad.
  • Yes, and they do it over and over and over again. Build amazing features, this year, remove them next year, promise it's coming back the year after, and then three years later MAYBE it returns, and MAYBE it's half as good as the original version.
  • Whatever happened to the home/family hub that was talked about some months ago? I dont remember hearing much about it at build, but wasn't paying as much attention than in years past.
  • This article sounds like an excuse.
  • Not quite finishing features in time for a release is one thing. It is when they suddenly decide to cut features that are already there that is really starting to annoy. The saga with Messenging is a good example, a great little app worked without issue, then dropped in favour of a non working Skype hybrid app.  I would love to know how they decide priorities seriously how many were calling for 3D Paint over say a quick controllable update ability (as per windows version going back two decades)
  • I don't care if a NEW feature that I'll probably never use or care about doesn't make it into the release. What I DO care about is when they cripple a feature that I have been dependent upon for many years. This seems to be their way of doing things. Placeholders, anyone? I have lost more functionality than I have gained with Windows 10. Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 10, but there is a lot that has gotten irritating about how Microsoft approaches their software. Wunderlist is another one that angers me. Has worked great for years. Microsoft buys it, decides to make their own To-Do, and is planning to getting rid of Wunderlist when they finish To-Do. ?!? It also appears from their timeline that they won't be putting all the features into To-Do, and features I need to do my workflow will be gone. Sunrise Calendar App was bought by Microsoft and features supposedly were to make it into Outlook. Sunrise was "sunset," and all the features never made it to Outlook. The Outlook mobile apps are still very anemic and useless. Can't even edit contacts in Android? You have to edit on your PC, then view them on mobile? Microsoft is quickly making themselves irrelevant due to their own incompetence.
  • Just today Linkedin (now part of MS) have dropped the Linkedin App on the MS Platform. Used to be MS bought a tech and improved it. Struggling to name one in past 5 years they havent destroyed. Skype was almost univeral 5 years ago, now look at it.
  • True. And you'd think they'd be going all out with LinkedIn, given they spent as much as the GDP of some small COUNTRIES on the ******* thing.
  • Don't worry JasonGW,  They made that back 3 times over all ready secretly selling all the L.I. users personal data to the highest bidder!
  • Also everybody is just super nit-picky these days, we truly ARE the privileged in this day and age... 😅
  • Hahahahahahahahahaha. Reading the comments while being in a good mood is truly entertaining! Seriously, though, is anyone on this forum a sketch/screen writer? It would be amazing to capture the antics of Microsoft, as seen from the perspective of a fan, in some sort of comedic piece.
  • Microsoft needs to hire a team for ease of use and user education. New features need to be displayed to the users, not in a help file, not in a movie but literally have users try it. Like a video game tells you to do things in a tutorial, having users do this would help them get to know the feature first hand. Of course they could postpone or dismiss and ignore the tutorial.
  • Yes, and in commercials that show off how and why the feature is useful and you'd want to use it, QUICKLY.
  • MS's new cycle of "program-test-deploy-repeat" in small iterations rather than "spend years developing something big, then deploy" mimics what our own company does now ("Agile Methodology"). Surprised no one has ever mentioned that or written an article about it? I'd think if all the fanboys who follow MS's developments closely (I'm one of them) understood this concept, they would see the thinking in what goes on behind the curtain. I can only imagine the number of "Scrums" and "Sprints" and "Stories" going on at Redmond HQ...
  • I surely don't worry about updates. I haven't received the last one on any of my devices except a couple of which I forced out of curiosty. Can't really tell much difference in those, either. It's all good!
  • I'm guessing that the Massively Screwed-up dis-Functional Team (MSFT) is working like a busy set of beavers getting the Android and iOS version of the cut features developed.  They will then announce that the functionality will be coming in UWP apps later.  Wash!  Rinse!  Repeat! That scenario is the only scenario that you can count on coming from MSFT.  Otherwise they really don't stick to what they say.  Which is actually surprising considering they are an Enterprise focused company.
  • The problem isn't so much that something was cut, it's the undermining of the trust relationship Microsoft has with its community (the early adopters and influencers within their respective social circles). We're being consistently over-promised and Microsoft is under-delivering. They should start taking lessons from Phil Spencer about setting realistic expectations and communicating more clearly. The Xbox division seriously screwed themselves with the launch of the Xbox One compared to the PS4, but he has done wonders for the recovery of the console's mindshare with consumers since taking the reigns. The Build 2017 demo of Timeline was smoke and mirrors and either shouldn't have been announced yet, or they should have told us it was just a concept video and that it had no set release timeframe yet. Honesty and transparency needs to improve, Microsoft.
  • Agree 100%
  • Yeah I'm bot really worried about a feature not making the cut on a official release. What really matter is for it to be releases when it's ready and anyway anyone that cares can get it via insiders update soon after. That being said, they should really refrain from giving specific timeframes for releases
  • Over promise..... under deliver. A Microsoft tradition
  • With the number of releases we're seeing, it's really hard to complain. More than ever before, we're seeing a lot more feature releases, in less time and now, we're not have to pay for those upgrades. Take those happy pills!
  • It does not anymore.
    Most consumers are beyond Windows now, their digital life happening on mobile devices. As for Windows in the workplace, these features are not deal breakers, therefore somewhat irrelevant.
  • No.
  • It always seems to be the most anticpiated feature(s) that the cut. Extensions, Messaging Everywhere, MyPeople, Timeline....what's next?
  • <p>We stress too much about this topic, features in/out. If you have been involved in any project (for work or at home) there are always things that will not work out, or may turn out to be easier than expected. Microsoft is now being very open about what they are doing and doing a great job at taking direction from thousands of people who all point in many different directions. If we continue to complain about this - you are going to push them back to the place where every decision will be second guessed and not openly discussed. They are building it, it will reach us, lets just be patient about it.</p>
  • No way, I'm part of projects. We state goals internally, but we do not externally make promises, show them off, then cut off their legs. That is terrible community engagement. Yes, it happens at times, but it should NEVER be a habit to miss deadlines and provide a lesser service than you have promised. Instead, we promise what we know will happen, then add to it and announce new goals as they get fleshed out. You should never EXPECT failure from your work. If this is habitual, then the group needs to work HARD on assessing how it draws up timelines and announces development.
  • I dont' actually care about the features MS is cutting. However, to ask if anyone cares that they're promised things and have them taken away is fanboy defense of the highest order. Why one wouldn't hold Microsoft's feet to the fire for going back on its promises is confusing. Microsoft's continued failure to live up to its goals is disappointing. When your fans' react to your feature announcement as "I wonder what's getting cut?" you have failed as a trustworthy business. This is exactly where MS is, after cutting features from previous W10 updates, canceling Scalebound, Band, and Lumia, and slashing mobile progression heavily. Yes, it absolutely matters because I have reached a point where I look at Microsoft and assume their promises are lies. I buy from them less because I do not trust them to follow through or support their customers well. I recommend them less because I don't want to be the reason my peers get into the ecosystem and end up burned. It matters.
  • Ultimately, no. But they shouldn't put on a grand presentation of vaporware...well, features they can't hope to deliver on time.
  • Its ok to cut these useless features.
  • Game devs do this all the time and delay release. I'd rather have something work well, than rush it. 
  • It's good that Microsoft isn't releasing half-baked features, especially when majority of their users are going to be unaware of these features from get-go.
  • This is an update that I think Microsoft OEM partners like Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba ect will put on the devices that they physically make to sell to the world so folks these OEM partners want software on their device that is BUG FREE so they donot get complaints and returns. Also the public deserves Windows 10 software that works well. Microsoft will endever to give them that
  • At least Timeline will most likely be delivered at some point. The host of features being announced or showcased at build, that never came, are a much greater annoyance. The flip-flopping nature of Microsofts mobile offerings are even worse. Only "Linux on Windows" gets delivered as advertised, and that tells a lot on how this company keeps decoupling from its OS offerings.
  • Btw, if Microsoft would have retained "pin to taskbar", "My People" would not only be darn easy to implement, it would've also been decoupled from OS releases.
  • Nobody cares when features are delayed. You can't miss something you've never seen or had.
    People care when products are neglected, sent to a back bencher or canceled.
  • Exactly....quit making major announcements regarding awesome features, devices etc....just to take it all look like you have no ******* clue what you are doing...
  • I think it matters only to the 0.000001% of users who are tech maniacs and follow the keynotes, articles, and sites like WC, The Verge, etc. I am happy with the new features that make it into the new builds, as long as they work as they should. Microsoft is right to concentrate on quality over quantity. Yes, they might leave some features behind, and that is OK in case the feeling is that the feature is either incomplete or it just won't be used in its current state because it doesn't add enough value. One frustration I have is that there are many services which are not available worldwide. This would be fine for a small company, or one specialized in one area in a specific country (ex. Hulu). But Windows is used all around the world, the Xbox is used all around the world, and to have some features available in 30 countries or less doesn't really show a good policy. Examples of such services are the music, TV and movies, and Xbox Live Gold services. I have to cheat the system by saying I live in the UK in order to benefit from them, and there is still regional (IP address) lock so that I cannot get all stuff. For example, I cannot get some of the backward compatible games since they are region locked and do not include Bulgaria and many other countries.
  • It is a disappointment when we do not see the announced news that is advertised as something refreshing, but on the other hand it is better to wait for new parts of Windows to be fully functional
  • I'm happy for what my 6 year pc could do today. At least I don't mind but on mobile is another story.
  • The thing is... fully fledged OOTB Windows VPN is still a big fat stinking pile of dung. No feature announced. The video app in incapable of UPnP. Still no feature announced. Systemwide OOTB 3D-inking? No feature. Actionable / interactive tiles? No feature! Pinning of tiles to taskbar, like on Win7? No feature! There is still no code editor, that will be available on Windows S. With VS Code not being usable, as long as Chromium is used. No feature. It's not the features, that got cut for a release, or cut forever. It's the features Microsoft refused to acknowledge, save implement.
  • I think you hit the nail eight on the head Zac!
  • Major Continuum improvements were cut off from 2.5 releases now. What do you say about that?
  • I don't think it's a problem as long as they aren't promised, then cut and never appear. So far Microsoft has done a good job adding features cut from one major release into the next major release, the People Bar is an example of that.
  • Thats all the do Neo,  promise features, updates etc...and then pull back and say nope.  look at the windows mobile 8.1 to 10 bullshit they pulled.  That PISSED OFF alot of users.  and most of them walked causing the peice of **** we have today called windows 10 moible. 
  • No. Build it's for devs. They announced it for devs. They made no consumer promise. If people keep whining about Microsoft moved a feature to a later release, they will just stop giving any hints. Blizzard Entertainment is a perfect example of this process. Why do you think companies always wait with the nitty-gritty details? Because THIS is how childish it gets when they do not. As long as they do not cut something for good or postpone it and never talks about it again, I have no reason to feel upset.
  • As long as they don't announce it then pull back....just not trust worthy...
  • Really they should switch to once a year updates
  • It isn't as if Microsoft just randomly elected to change their mind.  There was disclosed rationale behind the decision.  I'm comfortable with the belief that feature eliminations are decided because user experience is a high priority at the company.  I'm fine with that. :) 
  • Cutting a feature(s) is acceptable. Denying they are slated for the next update is not (Call me old fashion but that is a lie.).  Maybe MS should focus on bugs and reliability first. Cut and paste has been hit or miss since W10 was introduced. One year later, still unreliable.  A 20 plus year old feature and it's broke  - unacceptable.
  • Anyone who has ever worked in software knows that it can be challenging and more often than not, you either have to pare back features or delay your release. Things slip. It's reality. It's what happens when you dive in and find out the problem is much harder than you anticipated or impacts more than you thought. Because MS is dedicated to a twice annual update to Windows, they've decided that it's more important to pare back on promised features than delay the release. Is one solution better than the other? Depends. The only real solution is to wait and reveal what they're going to release a month or two before they make it available, that way they can maintain their deadline and only announce features that are actually in the product. The demo's at build are aimed at developers, not the general public, and developers understand that things slip.
  • They also skipped the cloud clipboard feature also.
  • Insted of new features, some of which are questionably useful, how about cleaning up all the crufty code lying around in the bowels of Windows left over from the '90s. A cleaner working more modern operating system should be the goal and Windows 10 still isn't there.
  • I don't mind when they cut a feature that doesn't exist yet. It does make me wonder though why they announce a feature, that they don't even know if it will work only to disappoint people later. That doesn't seem like a smart business strategy. Now what really gets me upset is features that do exist, that are half done and/or don't work when released. Years pass with zero updates or improvements, then they are abandoned because nobody likes them because they don't work because they were never finished. For instance, messaging on the desktop or laptop. It's exists, yet doesn't actually send messages. (this one is most sad because it used to have some functionality, now it does nothing!) so it's useless and has been since Windows 10 first launched. No updates or improvements since it first landed. Or kids corner that was 3/4 of the way finished, it only needed some minor polishing. Yet it was abandoned and replaced with apps corner that's a quarter of the way done, doesn't work at all and still has never been upgraded. Microsoft finish what you start!
  • The system has a place in the market, As well as the fact most people just won't need the extras.
  • I wouldn't cut them any slack.  Particularly considering all of the bulls_ we've had to deal with this company revolving around Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, and Windows 10 Mobile.  
  • after all the press, i think people like me look for those features. when they dont find them, they loose faith.
  • I was under the understanding that timeline is the app that creates videos etc from your photos.   What is the name of that app?  
  • Story Remix is what you're thinking of. Just Google "timeline windows 10". 
  • Aaahhhhhh Right.  Thats NOT cut right?   Timeline is no big deal....cutting the story remix would be a big deal for me!   WOW.  I got heated for nothing.  ha ha ha!
  • Is story remix getting cut too?  I know "crazier" things have happend!