Last month, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Timeline feature arrived on the Google Chrome web browser as an extension. However, you may remember the integration was developed by a third-party developer. Now Google has decided to pull the extension, citing trademark issues.
Like on Windows, Timeline lets users see their past use of Google Chrome and to jump to specific previous points.
The developer of the extension, Dominic Maas, also released the tool on Firefox. Despite the extension being pulled by Google, he says an updated version is in the works that will not have trademarking problems.
Maas says the updated extension is currently going through Google’s review process. If approved, users should be able to enjoy Windows Timeline on the market-leading browser again.
When the extension returns, it will provide the same functionality. Users can connect to app activity from Microsoft applications and access older sessions. A Microsoft Account is needed to take advantage of this ability.
While Microsoft apps are the core of the service, third-party developers can integrate. At the moment, the number of developers embracing the tool is limited, but likely to grow in the future.
Windows 10 Timeline
Of course, it is possible the extension is merely a stop gap as Microsoft has said it plans to officially bring Windows Timeline to other platforms. Indeed, the company confirmed development on an Android integration is underway, while Timeline has arrived on Edge for iOS already.
The tool allows users to see what they were doing at certain points in time. The tool presents a map of activity through past Windows 10 use and sets out app movements in easy to use cards.
Users get the benefit of seeing a snapshot of their previous activity and restoring to an earlier point if needed.