Microsoft Expands the Use of New Update Delivery Tech in the Windows 10 Insider Preview

Posted on March 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft Expands the Use of New Update Delivery Tech in the Windows 10 Insider Preview

Microsoft on Thursday announced that is expanding the availability of its Unified Update Platform (UUP) update delivery technology in the Windows 10 Insider Preview.

“We are excited to begin releasing PC builds to Windows Insiders using differential download packages,” Microsoft’s Bill Karagounis writes in a new post to the Windows Experience blog. “Windows Insiders have been running the UUP bits for a while now and are already experiencing the benefits of differential packages.”

Confused? I got this one.

As you may recall, UUP promises to dramatically reduce the size of the updates—major or minor—that Microsoft delivers to Windows 10 going forward by using differential download packages. And while this was always going to be a change for after the Creators Update, Insiders started getting UUP-based updates in December 2016.

But that was only for smaller, monthly updates.

Starting this week, Microsoft is turning on UUP for full build downloads to the Insider Preview, or what it calls canonical download packages. These are the equivalent of full version upgrades, like the Creators Update. Meaning that once the Creators Update is deployed publicly, future Windows 10 updates—which happen frequently—and full version upgrades—starting with Redstone 3 in late 2017—will utilize UUP.

Why, you ask? The reasoning hasn’t changed: These UUP-based updates and upgrades promise to be up to 35 percent smaller than the updates and upgrades that Microsoft has been delivering to Windows 10 so far.

 

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