Microsoft is planning on distributing the upcoming Windows 10 updates via a peer-to-peer protocol (P2P), The Verge reports. Currently the company is employing client- server networking method wherein updates and the OS will be distributed from a single source. P2P network will kill the dependency on a single server and will aid in easier distribution of the update.Reliability will also be better since a server outage won’t be capable of doing much damage as the distribution channel will still be kept alive through peer sources. Updates and apps can be downloaded from Microsoft and also combination of local PCs along with the usual Windows update server. Also Read - Microsoft teases new-look Start Menu for Windows 10Also Read - Microsoft enables app developers to port their Android and iOS apps to Windows 10
Setting the context, the P2P distribution functions identical to the torrent clients like BitTorrent and downloads chunks of file from different users before finally binding them together. The technology Microsoft is developing could be evolved from Pando Networks, it acquired in 2013. The company is known for its peer-to-peer file sharing technology. Also Read - 5 top new features of Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft is yet to make the peer-to-peer plans public but they seem to be already readying a new official Windows 10 version that will incorporate the new distribution technique. Microsoft is also believed to be setting up a mechanism to verify the authenticity of the update packages before installation as it becomes very difficult to monitor a P2P system considering the level of decentralization.