Microsoft pushing to make Windows 10 updates faster

One of the highlights of Microsoft's shift to Windows as a Service (WaaS) with Windows 10 is that it now ships more frequent feature updates. Unfortunately, these updates often come with some fairly long install times, which can be disruptive if you need to get back to work. Fortunately, Microsoft appears to be pushing to find ways to reduce the time required to install updates in the future.

Responding to a query on Twitter, Windows Insider chief Dona Sarkar said that she is pushing the dev team on ways to reduce the upgrade timeframe. From Sarkar:

The update process is an area Microsoft has already been working to make more convenient for some time. In 2016, Microsoft debuted the Unified Update Platform as a way to reduce download sizes with targeted updates. That move ended up reducing download sizes by around 35 percent. Last week, Microsoft revealed that it is working on further improvements with a new system that will allow you to resume Windows update downloads from where you left off if your connection is severed.

In terms of the push to speed up the upgrade timeframe, Sarkar doesn't provide any specifics. However, any reduction would likely be welcomed by Windows 10 users across the board.

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