Microsoft’s Unified Update Platform increases update download speed by 65%

by Radu Tyrsina
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Windows Insider updates are always a good way to start the day, but soon they could be getting even better. Back in December, there has been an important change in the way Microsoft distributes updates pertaining to its Windows Insider program. The change consists in using the Unified Update Platform. Now, after enough time of studying how this impacted the process, Microsoft is finally ready to give some feedback as to how UUP made things better or worse, and what the company is planning on doing with it now.

Saving a lot of time

The thing is, when a new update is available, in most cases users have to re-download everything they already have in their computers on top of the new information. With UUP, Microsoft is able to make it so that users only download the new features and data packs that are missing. This results in significant increases in download times, and is a major contributor to the quality of update downloading.

Math doesn’t lie

Calculations were made and it turns out that people can truly save a lot of time thanks to UUP. Numbers show that a 65% increase in download speed has been recorded on the Unified Update Platform in contrast to regular update downloading. This has been tested for regular Windows users. If this is applied to Windows Insider users, the results are even more impressive since there are a lot of builds for the Insider program that don’t have a whole lot of differences between them. This means that Insiders are potentially looking at updates that have a smaller size than 1 GB.

This might not always be the case, according to Microsoft, due to the necessity of different baseline builds holding certain values. But the idea is that the above described improvements are palpable and there is every chance that they will be seen in future Insider builds (although maybe not all of them).


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