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The Timeline feature in Windows 10 provides a portal into the past where you can easily find and access recent documents and other files. Now, you can perform that same bit of time travel on your Android device through the latest beta of Microsoft Edge.

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Available for any Android user, the latest beta for Microsoft Edge for Android supports and syncs with your Windows 10 Timeline. Certain files that you open in Windows 10 will also appear on your Android device through Edge. Those include Microsoft Office documents, images, and web pages viewed in Edge.

With its own Windows Mobile lineup virtually gone and forgotten, Microsoft has been on a mission to make Windows 10 play nicer with iOS and Android. The goal is to drum up more users not just for Windows 10 but for other products such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Edge. iOS and Android users benefit from a more integrated environment where they can access and work with the same files on their computers and mobile devices.

To get started, register for and download the Microsoft Edge beta app for Android. After you've signed up for the preview program, you can also download the Edge beta directly from Google Play. If you want to access Microsoft Office documents, you'll need to install the mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other applications on your Android device. Open Edge on your device. Tap on the ellipsis icon in the lower right and select the option for Timeline (Beta). Wait a few moments for the files to sync and refresh. You should then see the names of any documents, web pages, and other files from your Windows 10 Timeline. Simply tap on the file you wish to open.

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  1. The latest Microsoft Edge beta for Android supports the Windows 10 Timeline to sync recent files.
  2. With Timeline, you can access the same Microsoft Office documents, websites in Edge, images, and other files on your Windows 10 PC and on your Android device.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."