Aside from being the first Creators Update release, today’s Windows 10 Insider Build 14959 was ordinary. However, while it lacked features, Microsoft did drop something big. The company introduced the Unified Update Platform (UUP), which arrives on mobile devices today in preview.
UUP sounds similar to Microsoft’s other universal initiative, the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). However, it is a different service entirely. It functions across Windows 10 PCs, phones, IoT, and HoloLens to make updating the platform faster and easier.
Sure, when Microsoft tinkers with the update experience, things like automatic updates and controversy happen. Unified Update Platform aims to be different by making downloads smaller and more seamless. This will be noticeable when installing feature updates like the Anniversary Update, which can be huge.
Such platform upgrades can be time-consuming, but UUP addresses that. We will see the feature in action for all updates, but it will be especially important when Microsoft rolls out the Windows 10 Creators Update. Explaining UUP, Microsoft says:
“We have converged technologies in our build and publishing systems to enable differential downloads for all devices built on the Mobile and PC OS. A differential download package contains only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device, rather than a full build.”
Checking for updates will also be smoother through UUP. Time will be saved as the amount of data sent to devices will be lowered. Microsoft is removing the majority of processing away from devices and onto the service. That means users will not be at the mercy of their machines performance as much when updating.
Microsoft is also removing the step update that bridges older platforms with newer ones. For example, Windows 10 Mobile 10586.107 would be the step update for users taking the path from Windows Phone 8.1 to the Anniversary Update. UUP will remove this necessity.