Timeline and Sets Features Coming to the Windows 10 Insider Preview

Microsoft announced that it’s bringing the much-anticipated Timeline feature and a new tabbed feature called “Sets” to Windows 10 Insider preview builds.

Microsoft announced today that it is bringing the much-anticipated Timeline feature to Windows 10 Insider preview builds this week. Another new feature coming to Insider builds is a feature called Sets. Microsoft exec Terry Myerson sent out an email to all members of the Insider program explaining the new experiences coming to Windows 10.

Windows 10 Timeline and Sets Features

The Timeline feature was shown off during the Build conference earlier this year, and was rumored to be included in the Fall Creators Update but was inevitably kept out. It is a more robust version of using Alt + Tab and is a visual timeline that is directly integrated into Task View so you can move back into files and apps.

The Sets feature is like having tabs in your apps so you can group your work together more easily. “The concept behind this experience is to make sure that everything related to your task: Relevant web pages, research documents, necessary files and applications, is connected and available to you in one click. Office, Windows and Edge become more integrated to create a seamless experience, so you can get back to what’s important and be productive, recapturing that moment, saving time. We believe that’s the true value of Sets. And with Timeline, it’ll be even easier to go back and find the Set you were working on,” Myerson explains in his email.

Check out the following video for an early look at the Sets feature coming to Windows 10 in future builds.

Those who have had hands-on time with early versions of these new features report they look and feel natural. Explaining that it feels like they could have been part of Windows 10 all along. Keep in mind though, that everything is still in Preview and the names of these features will probably change, and might not be included in the next major feature update expected early next Spring.

Are you looking forward to the new features coming in future releases of Windows 10? For troubleshooting advice and all things Microsoft. make sure to check out our Windows 10 Forums.



  1. George

    Windows is getting better and better. I can imagine that in a couple or three years, we’ll be looking back at Windows 7 and wonder how we could even put up with it.

  2. Glenn Charles

    Windows 10 is a great deal more intimidating to most of its users than any tech, experienced computer user, programmer or salesperson could imagine. They tend to want a book and get a library, because they don’t know what they want. (To rephrase this, Windows needs a Table of Contents–and the ‘manual’ of it that goes back to its early days costs $25 in EBOOK (!) and most people couldn’t understand it. I’ll admit I can’t tell why they can’t understand it. MS is aware of it, which is why the Update process is out of the user’s control entirely in Home and only partially controlled by the user in Pro, with Enterprise on its own loop. The errors tend to be baffling [ONE THING MICROSOFT NEEDS TO DO IS SEND OUT AN UPDATE THAT HAS A MESSAGE, TOO; GOOGLE–NOT ENCRYPTED GOOGLE, NOT BING…–THE CODE AND YOU’LL PROBABLY HAVE SOMETHING OF A HANDLE ON IT and there’s no other way, nor is there anything to tell you to do the search (not forums, not directly to MS site; GOOGLE IT, even though you’re being spotted searching for it. As far as the foregoing comment about W7, there are still things that are lacking and more will be–like the handy little Windows recovery system will be gone soon. There’s also a security vulnerability since Windows 7 that’s remained untouched in those OS’s–8, 8.1 and 10 where a randomization sequence is actually bombed out to the same address every time. I believe you covered it but I could well be wrong.

  3. sludgehound

    Looks good to me. Been yearning for such interrelated material sources. Tried couple third party s/w to save last session but fairly buggy results. Chrome sort of offers to restore last sites but usually only after a crash. Sleep helps but then have to resume Net connection to get some apps to start to run again. Hurry up MSFT. Thanks for video & into.

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