Windows 10 April 2018 Update – Windows 10 Timeline

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The Windows 10 April 2018 Update was released on April 30th, 2018, and it has a number of new features that Mac users will care about.

This is the second in a short series about these new Windows 10 features: Windows 10 Timeline.

Both macOS® and Windows are very mature products. In mature products, while it’s not too difficult to add a trivial or marginally useful feature, it’s quite a different story to add an interesting or truly useful new feature. In the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft has added such a feature: Timeline.

Both macOS and Windows 10 have features which show you currently running applications; in macOS, this is the Application Switcher, and in Windows 10, it’s Task View. (See Figure 1.)

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Figure 1_Windows Task View and macOS Application Switcher

In the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Microsoft has significantly added functionality to Task View and, in effect, changed its name to Timeline. The Windows 10 Timeline not only shows you currently running applications, but it also shows you the applications, documents, and webpages you used or viewed over the last 30 days. (See Figure 2.)

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Figure 2_The new Windows 10 Timeline

The new Timeline enables you to quickly answer questions like:

What was I working on last week before that “fire drill” task got dumped on me?

Where is the presentation I was working on two weeks ago?

I am sure I saw this on a webpage last week, but where did I see it?

Since a shortcut for Timeline is in the Windows taskbar, it’s automatically in the Mac Touch Bar™ on new MacBook Pro® computers, due to support for Touch Bar in the latest version of Parallels Desktop® for Mac. (See Figure 3.)

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Figure 3_MacBookPro with Touch Bar

Timeline was originally going to be included in last year’s Fall Creators Update but got delayed until now.

For more info on Task View or Timeline, see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_View

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Kurt has been a Mac developer since before the Mac came out. Today he is the Senior Product Manager at Parallels where he works on both Parallels Desktop for Mac and Parallels Access. Prior to Parallels, he was the Senior Mac Evangelist in the Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU) at Microsoft Corp. Kurt is the author of three books and has lectured internationally on object-oriented programming, UI design, and virtualization. Kurt is also a Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional for 2014 and 2015. Outside of work, Kurt has been a fencer for many years, has four times been a member of the US team at the world championships, and has also been the coach of the US team: http://www.naginata.org.

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