Microsoft Delays Windows 10 Timeline Feature, Won’t Ship with Fall Creators Update

Posted on July 3, 2017 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 68 Comments

When Microsoft showed off the Fall Creators Update, one of the key updates coming to the platform is called TimeLine. This feature, as the name suggests, allows you to quickly jump to previous sessions of Windows and makes it easy to go “backwards” in time to items you were previously working on.

For those of you who have been running the latest builds of Windows 10 shipped to Insiders, you will have noticed that this feature is not yet available. With the company wrapping up development of this iteration of Windows 10 in the next few weeks, it’s not a surprise to learn that Timeline has been delayed.

Joe Belfiore chimed on Twitter today to say that this feature will not be arriving with the Fall Creators Update that will ship in a couple of months. Knowing that Microsoft will release an update in the spring, you can expect Timeline to arrive around March instead of September.

With Microsoft moving to rapid release and working under tight deadlines to release features inside a shipping window that provides enough time for complete testing, the risk is that they will have public delays like this one. On the other hand, if they are willing to show off new features for an upcoming release, they need to get into a better rhythm of making sure that large features such as this one are shown off when they are confident they can make their public deadlines.

Of course, this isn’t the first time this has happened as several features announced for the Creators update did not ship with that release either; Groove Music Maker and My People were delayed. Additionally, we still haven’t seen the ‘cloud clipboard’ feature either…here’s to hoping that hasn’t been delayed too.

Microsoft’s Fall Creators Update website does list the Timeline feature as coming in the update but does carry the footnote that timing may change. That being said, at Build, it is presented as if it would ship with the upcoming release which is contrary to what was announced today.

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