Microsoft to Use P2P to Deliver Windows 10 Updates

The latest leaked build of in-development operating system Windows 10 shows that Microsoft is moving towards using peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol to deliver system updates. A new option in the Windows 10 build allows users to enable “updates from more than one place,” applicable to both OS updates and apps, in an effort to expedite downloads.

Ordinarily, Windows updates and apps are downloaded directly from Microsoft’s servers, but activating P2P distribution allows files to, potentially, be made available from a greater volume of sources. The move could have been in the works for the past two years, since Microsoft bought P2P software manufacturers Pando Networks back in 2013.

Microsoft is yet to officially announce its shift towards P2P distribution, but the next Windows 10 Technical Preview, which is due soon, is likely to include the option.

Source: The Verge