Sunday 6 November 2016

Windows 10 updates are about to get a lot smaller to download

Microsoft has been promising smaller updates to Windows 10, through various methods, for what feels like years. MS is now starting to test a new Unified Update Platform (UUP) that will make a big difference. "One of the biggest community and customer benefits of UUP is the reduction you'll see in download size on PCs," explains Bill Karagounis, a Windows program manager. They will be publishing systems to enable differential downloads for all devices built on the Mobile and PC OS.

Differential downloads only include the changes that have been pushed out since you last updated a Windows 10 PC. This new change will debut with the Windows 10 Creators Update that's expected to arrive in March. Microsoft will start rolling this out to PC builds later this year. The real benefit for Windows 10 users will be when they move from one major update to another, as Microsoft expects download sizes to decrease by around 35 percent.

This new technology could also help Microsoft roll out changes to Windows 10 machines a lot faster.

source: UUP blog The Verge