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Microsoft is winding down another Windows 10 feature, the Timeline
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft seems to be winding down on yet another Windows 10 feature that it made a big deal out of a few years ago. The company released a new Windows 10 build to Insiders in the Dev channel today, and with it came the announcement that it will no longer be possible to upload Timeline data from a Windows 10 PC, meaning it won't be accessible on other devices.
The Windows Timeline feature was introduced about four years ago at Build 2017, though it wasn't until the following year that the feature would ship in a feature update for Windows 10. Timeline was a pretty significant change, as it let you access your recently open files and websites from the past 30 days, including the ability to sync that history across devices. Microsoft even brought the Timeline to smartphones some time later, emphasizing the focus on continuity between devices.
However, things went pretty quiet after that, and the writing has been on the wall for some time when it comes to Timeline. In November of last year, the Timeline section was removed from the Microsoft Launcher preview, which was the only endpoint for the feature on Android.
With today's Insider build, Microsoft's focus on continuity between devices seems to grow even weaker, though Microsoft correctly points out that many browsers already offer features like history and open tabs syncing, including its Chromium-based Edge browser. Recent Office files can also be found in the Office and OneDrive apps on different devices, but Microsoft is shying away from the all-encompassing implementation it had before.
To be clear, your recent files and tabs on your current device will still be listed in the Timeline interface, at least for now. Microsoft hasn't outright said that it's discontinuing the feature, either, it just won't be able to sync across devices.
The situation bears some resemblance to what's happening with the focus on 3D in Windows 10. Around 2017, Microsoft introduced the Paint 3D app and wanted it to be the one-stop-shop for 3D creation, but the app was recently removed from new installations of Windows 10 for Insiders, and the 3D Objects folder was also removed from File Explorer.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 21359 to the Dev channel
by Rich Woods
Right on schedule, Microsoft today released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 21359. You might recall that last week, the firm switched over to the co_release branch, so unsurprisingly, there isn't much in the way of new features in this build.
There are some minor things though. For one thing, there's a new option to restart apps after signing in, which will appear in the Power menu. Also, you can't upload new activity to Timeline anymore, so you'll need to use OneDrive or Office to view recent files; indeed, Microsoft seems to be killing off Timeline.
Here's the full list of changes and improvements:
As always, there are a whole bunch of fixes and some known issues. Here's the full list of fixes:
Finally, here's what's still broken:
As always, you can grab the build through Windows Update. If you're not on the Dev channel yet, you can enroll via the Windows Insider Program tab in Settings.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft releases Windows 10 builds 19042.928, 18363.1500 - here's what's new
by Rich Woods
Today is Patch Tuesday, meaning that it's the second Tuesday of the month and that it's time for Microsoft to push out a ton of updates. Indeed, every supported version of Windows 10 is getting a cumulative update, and for consumers, that includes versions 1909 and above.
If you're on one of the newest two versions, 20H2 or 2004, you're going to get KB5001330, bringing the build number to 19042.928 or 19041.928, respectively. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights:
Here's the full changelog:
If you're still on Windows 10 version 1909, which is only supported for another month, you'll get KB5001337, bringing the build number to 18363.1500. You can manually download it here, and these are the highlights:
Here's the full list of fixes:
Finally, there are a bunch of versions of Windows 10 that are no longer supported for consumers, but are still supported for other use cases. Those got updates too.
Version KB Build Download Support 1809 KB5001342
17763.1879 Update Catalog Enterprise and Education SKUs 1803 KB5001339
17134.2145 Update Catalog 1607 KB5001347
14393.4350 Update Catalog Long-Term Servicing Branch 1507 KB5001340
10240.18906 Update Catalog
As always, these updates are mandatory, meaning that if you don't install them now, they'll be installed automatically.
By Rich Woods
These are the different configurations of the Surface Laptop 4
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 4, and while it's mostly the same as its predecessor, there are some minor changes. There's the much-needed spec bump, including Intel 11th-gen processors and AMD Ryzen 4000 processors. Also, Ice Blue is taking the place of Cobalt Blue in the lineup.
While those are the only differences, a key change in the configuration is that this year, Intel and AMD processors are available on both the 13.5- and 15-inch models, and both both consumer and business SKUs. Last year, the 13.5-inch model exclusively had Intel processors, while the 15-inch version had AMD in the consumer model and Intel in the business model.
Here's the full list of configurations:
Size (inches) CPU Memory (GB) Storage (GB) Colors Price Commercial price 13.5 Ryzen 5 4680U 8 256 Platinum $999 $1,099 16 $1,199 $1,299 512 Black N/A $1,699 Core i5-1135G7 8 256 Platinum $1,199 512 Platinum, Ice Blue, Sandstone, Black $1,299 $1,399 16 $1,499 $1,599 Core i7-1185G7 256 Black N/A $1,599 512 Platinum, Ice Blue, Sandstone, Black $1,699 $1,799 32 1,024 Black $2,299 $2,399 15 Ryzen 7 4980U 8 256 Platinum $1,299 $1,399 512 Platinum, Black $1,499 N/A 16 Black $1,699 $1,799 Core i7-1185G7 8 256 Platinum N/A $1,499 512 Platinum, Black $1,699 16 256 $1,699 512 $1,799 $1,899 32 1,024 Black $2,399 $2,499
There are a few things that you need to know here. The main thing that you're paying $100 more for in the commercial model is Windows 10 Pro instead of Windows 10 Home. Also, on the 13.5-inch model, the Platinum and Ice Blue models come with Alcantara fabric on the keyboard deck, while the rest are all aluminum.
One thing that Microsoft touted with this launch is choice, and that's definitely something that it's providing more than it did with the Surface Laptop 3. If you want to check it out, you can find it on the Microsoft Store here.
By Rich Woods
Adobe announces a bunch of video editing improvements in Premiere
by Rich Woods
Today, Adobe is announcing a bunch of video editing improvements that span across all platforms. For starters, Premiere Rush is now officially supported for Apple's custom ARM processors, such as the M1. Adobe also noted that project syncing all works across devices, and that includes Windows, iOS, Android, and more. In fact, two new Android devices are supported: the Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Note20+.
Back to Apple Silicon support, as it stands right now, you can run Adobe Premiere Pro natively, but it's in beta. It's actually missing a fair bunch of features as well, such as support for a bunch of common file formats. You can also choose to install the Intel version of the app.
Context menu in Premiere Rush for iOS On Premiere Rush on iOS, Adobe is adding context menus to the timeline, so you can tap on a video clip to bring up the pop-up menu. You can use it to split, duplicate, or delete a video clip.
Along with improvements for Premiere Rush, there are also improvements in Premiere Pro, which arrives as version 15.1. On Intel-based Windows machines, you'll see a big performance boost for encoding H.264/HEVC. In fact, Adobe says that it's up to 1.8x faster than Premiere Pro 14, as it uses Intel Quick Sync hardware acceleration.
Finally, there are dynamic previews for Lumetri presets. These can be seen in the Effects panel, so you can see a preview of the preset on your video.