Windows 10 Timeline feature gets downgraded -- and Windows 10 (ARM) now runs on Apple M1

Posted on Thursday, Apr 15 2021 @ 10:18 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Neowin noticed Microsoft is winding down Timeline. First shown four years ago, Timeline was touted as a big deal as focused on letting you access files and websites from the past 30 days, not only on your PC but on other devices too.

No more syncing between devices

With the launch of the latest Windows 10 Insiders build, support for Timeline is winding down as Microsoft is disabling the ability to upload Timeline data from a Windows 10 PC. The implication here is that Microsoft is breaking the continuity between devices -- one of the features the software giant hyped up when it launched Timeline.
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.

Parallels enables Windows 10 on ARM support for Apple M1

In related news, Apple's M1-based computers now support the ARM-based version of Windows 10. Not natively of course, but users who desire this feature can now run a Windows 10 on ARM virtual machine via Parallels Desktop 16.5.

Nick Dobrovolskiy, Parallels Senior Vice President of Engineering and Support, says this feature has been beta tested by over 100,000 M1 Mac users. Besides Windows 10 on ARM, it's now also possible to run ARM-based versions of Linux on the M1 via the Parallels software.
We are beyond thankful for the feedback of more than 100,000 M1 Mac users that tested the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for M1 Mac. They ran Microsoft’s Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview, as well as tens of thousands of different Intel-based Windows applications—including Microsoft Office for Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio, SQL Server, Microsoft PowerBI and MetaTrader.

“We received enthusiastic feedback about the remarkable performance of both the Technical Preview of Parallels Desktop 16.5 for M1 Mac and Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview as well as x86 applications and games, including Rocket League, Among Us, Roblox, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Sam & Max Save the World and many others. Testers loved Parallels Desktop’s easy-to-use features and seamless integration of Windows with macOS Big Sur, which increases productivity,” said Dobrovolskiy.
The only catch is that Microsoft doesn't sell Windows 10 on ARM licenses, so you need to use an Insider build.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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