Microsoft will roll out updates for its Windows 10 OS using peer-to-peer technology, it’s been revealed.
Windows has traditionally supplied its updates from a single source, but in the upcoming Windows 10, a P2P protocol will enable you to employ other Windows 10 users for the task.
This point has been revealed in the latest leaked build of Windows 10. In it, an option has been found to enable “updates from more than one place.”
This includes OS updates and app downloads, it seems.
As The Verge points out, it’s really no suprise to see Microsoft harnessing the collective power of P2P. Back in 2013, Microsoft acquired Pando Networks – a maker of peer-to-peer file sharing technology.
Windows 10’s P2P facility hasn’t been officially announced as yet, but that should come when Microsoft makes a Windows 10 preview available in the coming weeks.
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Of course, while this new P2P approach will speed up those Windows updates, it also raises a bunch of new questions surrounding security.
Windows hasn’t typically been the most secure of operating systems over the years, so the prospect of downloading crucial software updates from a bunch of random, unverified PCs is a little worrying to say the least.
Windows 10 promise to right many of the wrongs brought about by Windows 8, with the return of the Start Menu, a windowed mode for all apps, and more options for power (i.e. non-touchscreen) users.