Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is the last traditional release and that they’re moving to a Windows as a Service model and today, we’re seeing proof of that. Barely a week after the Windows 10 update was delivered to Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Microsoft has pushed out the first major update.
This update includes non-security-related changes to enhance the functionality of Windows 10 through new features and improvements.Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously-released fixes (see KB 3074683). If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer.
Reportedly, Microsoft is internally referring to this update as Service Release 1 (SR1) and as the name suggests, it’s basically a bunch of bug fixes and performance enhancements. You won’t see any shiny new features after this update. The update weighs in at about 325 MB, which is quite substantial. SR1 is also cumulative – if you’ve already received some of the fixes, you’ll only receive what you don’t have.
You no longer have to wait months and receive a bunch of updates in a go in the form of a Service Pack. The new update model reminds me more of how Linux distros are updated and patched constantly. It should also be noted that users who have opted to continue receiving Windows Insider builds will receive this and all future updates first.