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Microsoft’s OS Updates Getting Additional Size and Bandwidth Improvements

Microsoft’s OS Updates Getting Additional Size and Bandwidth Improvements

Microsoft has delivered a blog post today to talk about what is being planned for the next evolution in the updates that are constructed and delivered to customers’ PCs and Servers.

Today I’m excited to share that we’ll be bringing a new design for quality updates to the next major versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server, coming later this year. This design creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment.

Instead of actually improving the quality of its updates, Microsoft’s enhancements will deliver the following value:

  • Organizations that get full updates from Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or from the Microsoft Update Catalog will seamlessly save network bandwidth thanks to the smaller size of the update.
  • Organizations that have been using delta updates to manage the size of quality updates will no longer have to monitor the update status and history of their devices to determine which devices are eligible for delta updates.
  • Since this new quality update package will be redistributable, organizations that utilize express updates via WSUS, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), or a third-party management solution that supports express updates will experience enormous savings in network bandwidth and cache size on their distribution points or update servers. In addition, devices with the next major version of Windows 10 will be 40% more efficient* while updating since there will be no behind-the-scenes computing of the optimal differentials required to download express updates.


Microsoft’s “quality” updates are really in name only. The company has yet to address the growing fervor over the actual process of ensuring that updates don’t mangle other parts of the operating system as it attempts to fix others. With this planned new design and unless Microsoft can truly address its quality problems, it only assures to make it easier and faster to break things.

Many organizations are delaying updating while waiting to get the all-clear from public reports. Additionally, many company’s are experience feature rot – where there’s just not enough applicable features in Windows 10 to suffer through the twice a year wholesale updates.

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