Starting July, Microsoft limits Timeline feature for all users

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  • Microsoft has announced that users will no longer be able to update Timeline.
  • This change will become active starting July 2021, according to Microsoft.
  • This also applies to people that are running the Windows 10 October 2020 update.
  • Only users with AAD accounts will still continue to use the cross-sync feature.
Windows 10 Timeline feature restricted

Since it was first added to Windows, back in 2018 as part of the Fall Creators Update, the Timeline feature was considered extremely useful by users, as it helped them manage all the activities on their machine.

We can only imagine that many will certainly not be pleased with this new decision but, as Microsoft so eloquently put it, its time to look towards the future.

Windows 10 users can no longer update Timeline anymore

According to the support document published by Microsoft, the tech company is restricting Timeline activities for the general public.

Users will no longer be able to update their Timeline if they are using a Microsoft account.

Not long ago, this change only applied to the preview builds of Windows 10 version 21H2. However, it seems that Microsoft is making this adjustment more global and permanent.

Keep in mind that this modification will also apply to the users that are currently running the Windows 10 October 2020 update.

Starting in July 2021, if you have your activity history synced across your devices through your Microsoft account (MSA), you’ll no longer have the option to upload new activity in Timeline. You’ll still be able to use Timeline and see your activity history (information about recent apps, websites, and files) on your local device.

Some accounts will still be able to use the feature

Even though the this cross-sync feature will no longer be available to the general public, Microsoft announced that they are not planning to remove the Timeline interface from Windows 10 completely.

Timeline will still be a working integration for the users with AAD (Automated Application Development) accounts.

We are not exactly sure what will happen to this feature in the near future., but remember that there are other ways in which you can perform the same actions, using other software, such as Chromium Edge, Office, or OneDrive.

What’s your opinion on these new changes planned by Microsoft? Let us know in the comments section below.

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