Soon it won’t take you quite so long to download Windows 10 updates


A new feature introduced by Microsoft means you should save time and storage space when downloading future Windows 10 updates.

On Thursday the tech giant announced the launch of its next generation update technology which Microsoft says will help to reduce the size of updated files by as much as 35 percent.

Dubbed the Unified Update Platform, it uses differential downloads to deliver updates that only contain the files Microsoft has changed since you last updated, rather than downloading the whole update build.

As well as being faster to download, the differential updates require less processing power meaning that should also help improve battery life on Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft executive Bill Karagounis who made the announcement on UPP added that more than 400 million devices are now running Windows 10, with new builds being released to the Insider Program for testing almost weekly.

Karagounis said that it is due to the frequency in which new updates are being released that UPP was developed.

People signed up to the Windows Insider Program will be the first to test out UPP.

Microsoft is yet to confirm when UPP will hit mainstream versions of Windows 10, although Karagounis said that it should be available in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is tipped to be released in early 2017.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will be the next major update Microsoft will roll out of its operating system.

The update promises a host of new features including improvements to its digital assistant Cortana, a futuristic update of Microsoft Paint, the introduction of 3D specific apps aimed at graphics designers, creatives and those working in both print and digital media and also improved communicating between friends and colleagues.


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