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Windows 10 roll-out will break Internet traffic records

Gregg Keizer | July 29, 2015
Microsoft will break Internet traffic records this week as it begins to distribute Windows 10, a content delivery expert said Monday.

"No one wants anyone to wait for 24 hours to download something," DeMent said of staggering distribution. "[And] pre-loading is a tactic that content owners use to try to manage the environment. You can't throw money at the pipe," he said, referring to the fact that not everyone has a fast 100Gbps connection to the Internet.

Microsoft has wanted to get a jump on the Windows 10 release by flipping on the download switch on Saturday, said Rayburn, but postponed that -- one of several such delays. As of Monday morning, Rayburn said the plan was to begin at 4 p.m. ET that day.

Such a head start would not have been noticeable to most users, since Microsoft is pushing the Windows 10 bits in the background to PCs, and presumably when the devices are otherwise not busy, as it does with updates and security patches.

Those ahead-of-time machinations have already had an effect on the Internet as a whole, Rayburn asserted. "One of the networks had a major outage this week, and it did have to do with [Windows 10]," he said. "They were trying to free up capacity on their network. So it's impacting their customers even though it's not out yet."

Computerworld was unable to confirm that downloads had begun arriving on any of several Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.

 

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