Microsoft managed to reduce the amount of time your PC is offline by 63 percent.
Windows 10 updates can be a real pain, especially if they require a restart and then sit there slowly counting up a percentage leaving you to twiddle your thumbs. Microsoft realizes this is frustrating and the Windows Fundamentals team has been working hard to minimize the disruption. You’ll be glad to hear they’ve succeeded.
As Joseph Conway, Senior Program Manager at the Windows Fundamentals team, explains over on the Windows Insider blog, Windows 10 feature updates only happen twice a year, but can be very disruptive. A feature update is split into four parts, with each either occurring online or offline. Online phases happen while you continue to use the PC, where as offline phases take full control forcing the user to wait while they finish.
For the Windows 10 Creators Update last April, each PC was put in an offline phase for around 82 minutes as part of the install process. For the Fall Creator’s Update in October, Microsoft managed to cut the offline time down to 51 minutes. That’s still a long time, so Microsoft kept working on the problem. The next feature update will be by far the least disruptive as the offline phase averages just 30 minutes.
Cutting the offline phase by 63 percent compared to the Creators Update wasn’t achieved for free. Conway and his team saved the time by shifting more of the work to the online phases. So while the update is still going to take about the same amount of time, we won’t notice it as much as most of that time is spent working in the background rather than with us staring at an update screen.