Microsoft drastically reduces update size in Windows 10

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

With every update Microsoft releases for Windows, users have to download a large number of files which can be very frustrating, especially because you are required to update all your devices individually.

It seems Microsoft has recognized this recurring problem and came up with the Unified Update Platform, or UUP for short. What UUP does is provide the necessary platform for users to skip a large part of the update files, and only download the information they are lacking from their current Windows build. It is scheduled to launch with Windows 10 Creators Update, which means there is still quite some time before regular users will be able to enjoy reduced download times and sizes. Those enrolled in the Windows Insider program will get to try it a lot sooner than the rest.

According to Windows, users can expect a total download size reduction for new updates of about 35%. Windows officials say that UUP is possible due to Microsoft’s converging technologies in their build so that they can achieve differential downloads.

Microsoft also claims they are altering the way update checking is done. They are apparently trying to shift a part of the load over to cloud storage, making easier for consumers across all platforms. Mobile device users will also feel the impact of UUP as it will ease their update download process and replace the multiple downloads process with a single step, one download operation. Mobile users can expect UUP to hit mobile platforms sometime later this year.

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