Microsoft considering P2P delivery for Windows Update

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 17 2015 @ 13:26 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A leaked build 10036 of Windows 10 reveals Microsoft is experimenting with peer-to-peer delivery of Windows Update patches. A new menu in build 10036 enables users to select if they want to download apps and OS updates from multiple sources to get them more quickly.

The new thing here is that your PC will be able to not only grab the updates from other PCs in your local network but also from other PCs on the Internet. In the first case the potential for bandwidth savings for consumers and businesses with multiple PCs is pretty big while in the latter case it's mostly Microsoft that benefits. We're not sure how this is going to play out as there are still a lot of people out there with strict bandwidth caps so P2P delivery of Windows Update may not be desirable just yet.
More specifically, you can choose where to download the updates from, including your own local network or PCs on the Internet, and of course you can turn off this functionality.

This is an interesting move from Microsoft as this can potentially speed up the delivery process for updates and at the same time, it can reduce the strain on the company's servers too. For Microsoft, it's a win-win, but for consumers, it can mean that you are giving up a bit of bandwidth to support this functionality.
Source: Neowin


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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