The Microsoft Launcher Beta has gained some improvements in the latest update including overview mode page arrangement tweaks, but the update has also removed Windows Timeline integration.
For those unaware, Windows Timeline is a feature that allows you to keep a track of your activities across your devices, so you can track what apps, web pages, and documents you’ve been working on over the past weeks.
Windows Timeline is optional on Windows 10 and it’s also underrated. With Timeline and Microsoft Launcher, you can see the documents and windows that you currently have open on your computer.
Windows Timeline was originally supposed to offer “pick up where you left off” functionality and it was added to Microsoft Launcher last year. Timeline integration in Microsoft Launcher allowed users to launch web pages and documents that you were working on in Edge or Office on your PCs, right from your mobile device.
Earlier this week, Microsoft released Microsoft Launcher update for those on the preview program and it “depreciates Timeline”. Microsoft is also disabling Family parental controls in the launcher.
This version is the update that will ship to non-testers later this year and it also comes with much-needed improvements that might improve the overall experience.
For instance, Microsoft Launcher now allows you to add apps to the home screen without lags and crashes.
Likewise, Microsoft has also made improvements to the app group feature. For those unaware, app group is a new feature for Surface Duo, which also comes pre-installed with Microsoft apps, and it basically allows you to launch two apps on both screens at the same time.
In addition, the update comes with another change that will improve the pagination UI.
These changes are not groundbreaking, but you will now be able to organize your Android home screen more easily, thanks to the bug fixes. This update is particularly useful if you have performance issues with Microsoft Launcher on Android phones.