Windows 10 won't include support for syncing Start menu layouts or app installs

Microsoft has confirmed that it will remove two sync features from Windows 10 that are currently included in Windows 8 and 8.1. That means Windows 10 users who own more than one device that use one Microsoft account will have to do some things manually that were done automatically in Windows 8/8.1.

In Microsoft's current PC operating system, users can sync up their Start menu layout across PCs, tablets and notebooks. They can also install an app from the Windows Store and have it appear on other devices with the same Microsoft account. However, WinSuperSite has confirmed, via a Microsoft spokesperson, that both sync features will be missing from Windows 10:

"With Windows 8.1 and initial Windows 10 feedback we found that customers typically want to personalize the Start layout to match the device they are using. With the new Windows Store, scalability of universal Windows apps is fully supported across all of your devices. This means that customers can get their apps and settings available across all of their devices and still create custom Start tile layouts that make the most sense for each device and screen size."

It's likely that only a few Windows 8 and 8.1 users also used the app install sync feature as well, but with the launch of truly universal apps for Windows 10, it's a shame that this helpful addition won't be a part of the OS.

Source: WinSuperSite

John Callaham