At Build 2017 in May, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which we reported earlier today will arrive in September. As expected, the release will come with numerous major new features, and even a new Fluent Design language. One of the most exciting features is Timeline, but unfortunately, Microsoft has postponed it.
In a tweet today, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore confirmed that Timeline will not make the Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) branch. That means it is now most likely to come through the yet unnamed Redstone 4 branch.
Belfiore expanded and announced the cloud clipboard feature will also be delayed. He says Microsoft is focused on bringing cloud files to the Fall Creators Update, but Timeline and Cloud Clipboard will be held back.
It is not really a surprise that these two features are delayed. We have not seen them arrive in any Fall Creators Update previews on the Inside. Considering the update will drop in just a couple of months, it was increasingly likely Microsoft had ditched the features.
Correct. Timeline won’t be in the Fall Creators Update. We’re planning for it to be in early insider builds shortly after FCU is out.
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) 3 July 2017
Of course, this is hugely disappointing and will likely anger many Windows 10 users. Certainly, Timeline was among the most exciting features of the next update.
There is also the real danger that Timeline or Cloud Clipboard may never been released. There is certainly precedent for Microsoft just dropping a feature before launch. The company did just that with Messaging Everywhere, which was pencilled in for the Anniversary Update a year ago, but was never released.
Microsoft also has history in postponing features. For example, the Creators Update launched this April, but missed out on the promised My People feature (which is now coming through FCU)
Timeline and Cloud Clipboard
Timeline is a PC version of Microsoft’s “Pick Up Where You Left Off” feature. It shows users their activity through their past and give them cards to move quickly between applications. Microsoft plans to make activities dynamic across devices, allowing users to pick up any Windows 10 device and have a connected experience.
As for Cloud Clipboard, will let Windows 10 users copy content from one app on Microsoft’s platform and paste it onto another on iPhones or Android smartphones.
Judging another tweet by Belfiore, it seems both features are delayed. He suggests Timeline is first in line and will begin preview through Redstone 4. However, Cloud Clipboard seems to be on the backburner and will be developed “next”.