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Microsoft shrinks Windows 10's upgrade downtime

Microsoft today said that upcoming Windows 10 feature upgrades, including the one that will ship early next month, will complete their on-PC migrations with significantly less disruption to their users’ work.

According to the company, future upgrades – the twice-a-year heavy lifts that form the foundation of Microsoft’s Windows-as-a-service claim – will feature a 63% reduction in user downtime compared to a year ago.

“To achieve this, we moved portions of the work done during the offline phases and placed it in the online phase,” Joseph Conway, a senior program manager on the team responsible for Microsoft’s upgrade technologies, wrote in a post to a company blog.

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