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Windows 10 Massive Update Is all About Reducing The Download Size

( [email protected] ) Nov 07, 2016 11:59 PM EST
As the era of Windows 7 and 8.1 ends, Microsoft's recent operating system Windows 10 is getting a massive update. The tech giant is finally addressing an issue regarding its Windows Update. The latest Windows Insider build is now integrated with a next generation delivery technology called the Unified Update Platform (UUP).
The previous Windows 10 Anniversary Update addressed the issue of user control over download and installation of updates. (Okubax via Flickr)

As the era of Windows 7 and 8.1 ends, Microsoft's recent operating system Windows 10 is getting a massive update. The tech giant is finally addressing an issue regarding its Windows Update. The latest Windows Insider build is now integrated with a next generation delivery technology called the Unified Update Platform (UUP).

The UUP will have a feature that will resolve the normally time-consuming and sizable updates. Windows Program Manager Bill Karagounis revealed on their blog that their "customers would like updating to require less local processing and thus improve battery life and that they'd like download sizes to be reduced."

This seems to be the main attraction of the major upgrade. Customers will appreciate a more manageable 35 percent less download size. The UUP will work on PCs, smartphones, tablets, IoT and HoloLens.

The differential download technology being used by UUP will let it download the "changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device". This is contrary to previous Windows versions that had to download the full build.

This huge improvement will also provide Windows users more control in downloading and installing updates. Windows Update is actually one of Windows 10's flaws. It drew the line between the recent operating system to its predecessors. Occasional updates are required to improve your device's performance and security. 

In Windows 10 case, critical updates, security patches and features are automatically downloaded and installed. It completely bypasses the old protocol of selective installation. This renders Windows users less control over the whole process. They are left with options of either rebooting the computer automatically to install the updates or being notified to schedule a reboot. The previous Windows 10 Anniversary Update has already resolved some of these problems.

Karagounis announced that the Windows Insiders will get the UUP in the upcoming latest updates. According to Forbes, the UPP is planned to launch alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update in March.

This massive update for Windows 10 can convince old Windows version users to already upgrade their operating system. Microsoft has 400 million devices that run on Windows 10. However, it is yet to dethrone Windows 7 as the most popular desktop operating system. Based on the data by US analytics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 only has 22.9 percent market share in the month of October.

On the other hand, Windows 7 still dominated with 48.38 percent. The older version of Windows is reaching the end of its era. Microsoft just officially ended the sale of Windows 7 licenses to PC makers. Furthermore, those who still use this OS are reminded of the end of its extended support in January 2020.