The announcement came in a form of a short update in a blog post introducing the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14977 for Mobile. Microsoft initially stated it won’t follow up with a PC build “due to a blocking bug that could result in broken apps after updating to a new build.”
With that in mind, the company aims to start releasing PC builds to Insiders via the Unified Update Platform (UUP). To ensure a smooth transition, all PC build for Insiders are paused. Once the UPP delivery starts rolling, Microsoft states that the first to receive it will be “our internal rings”, followed by the “Insiders based on each ring’s promotion criteria”.
Brandon LeBlanc, the Senior Program Manager on the Windows Insider Program Team, also confirmed the action with a tweet.
— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) December 2, 2016
Faster and smoother updating
Microsoft announced the Unified Update Platform (UUP) at the start of the November, with the Windows 10 Preview Build 14959. It functions across Windows 10 PCs, phones, IoT, and HoloLens to make updating the platform much faster and easier.
The main goal of the feature is to make downloads smaller and more seamless. This will be particularly useful when installing feature updates like the Anniversary Update, which can be considerably large.
Another benefit of UUP will be a smoother checking for updates. The amount of data sent to devices will be significantly lower and as a result, users will save time.
The company is also removing the majority of processing away from devices and moving it onto the service itself. That means users will no longer depend as much on the performance of their machines when updating.