Microsoft Brings Official Windows Timeline Support to Chrome

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Microsoft is releasing a new Google Chrome extension today that brings support for Windows Timeline to Google Chrome. The company announced a new Web Activities extension for Chrome that adds the new functionality, allowing users to keep track of their Chrome activity through Timeline across all their devices.

The feature is supposed to work just like Microsoft Edge works with Timeline — it will keep track of all the websites you visit on Chrome through Timeline so you can pick up where you left off on other devices, or from the same device. The feature works flawlessly with Edge since it’s natively integrated, so it will be interesting to see if the experience is any different with Chrome.

A third-party Chrome extension previously allowed users to add Timeline support to Chrome, and it’s actually way more advanced than Microsoft’s own extension, even allowing users to send webpages to their other Microsoft devices remotely. That extension is still available, by the way.

Microsoft’s said in a blog post that a top Insider request is to bring Timeline support to more apps, and browser support was apparently widely requested. This extension could end up really useful for Microsoft too, by the way. When the company eventually starts testing its new Chromium-based browser that’s expected to replace Edge, it could theoretically just use this extension for the Timeline integration instead of natively implementing it into Chromium. Pretty smart.

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6 responses to “Microsoft Brings Official Windows Timeline Support to Chrome”

  1. jumpingjackflash5

    Well, in near future Microsoft can release Linux Microsoft edition with compatibility mode for legacy Windows apps ….

    • maethorechannen

      In reply to jumpingjackflash5:

      It being the new Microsoft, they could use WINE for the compatibility layer.

      • jumpingjackflash5

        In reply to maethorechannen:

        Maybe they want to be cloud and business services provider, not a software company. They should be clear about their strategy, so that their customers know what to expect. I keep my fingers crossed for Windows, but making them compatibility layer and sync service for Linux devices makes no sense. Interoperability is good, but resignation on main platform development and expansion is bad. Microsoft services should be best on Windows. If they be not, there is a bunch of alternatives to choose from ….. :-(

  2. IanYates82

    Neat. I had installed that other extension anyway but it's nice to know that

    a) Microsoft is investing more in to timeline rather than possibly letting it wither and ditching it (my people!?); and

    b) They're actually trying to make it useful with third parties, with or without that party's assistance

    It's nice when things play together.

    • Paul Avvento

      I think they see Time line as eventually being an integral feature that supports their "many devices" mantra. If my apps and devices truly sync perfectly I'll be more likely to switch between devices depending on the task instead of compromising efficiency just because I started on my phone.

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  3. CaedenV

    So... is this a neat new feature for Chrome and win10 to work together better? Or a way for MS to snoop on browsing data of Chrome users to figure out why nobody is using Edge?