A leaked build of Windows 10 is showing an interesting new feature: support for peer-to-peer updating of apps and the OS.
The leak of Windows 10 build 10036 (the current version is build 9926) includes a settings option that allows you download app and OS updates from Microsoft as well as PCs on your local network and PCs on the internet. Yep, P2P OS and app updates.
There's no promising that these options will make it to a public release of Windows 10, but here's what they are:
- Download apps and OS Updates from multiple sources to get them more quickly [off/on]
- Download apps and OS updates from Microsoft and PCs on my local network
- Download apps and OS updates from Microsoft, PCs on my local network, and PCs on the internet
It's an interesting option for Microsoft to provide, enabling distributed updates. It's something that could come in very handy when a large and anticipated update hits and it stresses Microsoft's servers and distribution network to the max. We've seen it happen before, and it'll happen again. But the ability to pull the update file in from multiple places — and to share that file with other users across the internet? That's smart thinking from Microsoft. Assuming, of course, that this actually makes it into a public release.