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This article was published on May 11, 2017


Windows Timeline lets you pick up where you left off on any device

Windows Timeline lets you pick up where you left off on any device
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

At today’s Build event in Seattle, Microsoft announced a new feature for cross-device work called Timeline, which will let you pick up where you left off across PCs, phones, and tablets.

Windows will keep track of the user’s app history in a special section to the Task Switcher called Timeline. You can either move back in time and select an app, or search for a particular project keyword. When you select an app on the Timeline and open it, the app will open to where you left off.

This doesn’t just work on Windows PCs. With Microsoft Graph, users can open apps they were using on iOS and Android devices, thanks to a timeline-aware Cortana. For example, if you close your computer while viewing a particular app, Cortana will pop up on your phone or tablet and ask you if you want to “Pick Up Where You Left Off.”

If the user does not have the same app installed on multiple devices, they will be prompted to install them by Cortana.

Follow all our coverage of Microsoft’s Build conference here.

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