Windows 10 'Timeline' is coming to Fast ring Insiders in the next build

Microsoft today announced that Windows Insiders can expect one of Windows 10 Redstone 4's blockbuster features, known as Timeline, to show up in the next insider Preview build for the Fast ring. Announced earlier this year, Timeline was initially scheduled for release with the Fall Creators Update but was pushed back to Redstone 4 due to time constraints.

Timeline gives users the ability to jump back in time and continue experiences that were first started on other devices. It's a "glorified recent apps screen," showcasing your recently used apps and files across devices, allowing you to jump right back in and continue where you left off. The feature sits comfortably in the Task View area, so it's instantly accessible via the Taskbar.

From Microsoft:

Earlier this year at Build, we showed you Timeline, which allows you to jump back in time, making it easier to find the files you're looking for. A visual timeline is integrated directly into Task View so you can easily move back into files, apps, and sites as if you never left.

Of course, Timeline is still in development and will continue to improve and change throughout Redstone 4's development. This week's Insider build will be the first that includes Timeline for the public, and feedback about this feature will be incredibly important for Microsoft. Timeline should work well with the newly-announced "Sets" feature, which allows users to group related apps and websites under one tabbed window.

Insiders can expect to see more features, such as "Cloud Clipboard," an improved Windows Shell with Fluent Design and more, to show up in the coming year. For now, however, Timeline is the latest big feature available for testing and is going to be one of Redstone 4's most significant new features.

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