Microsoft today announced a streamlined update process for Windows 10 devices that could reduce the size of the update files by 35 percent. The new process, called Unified Update Platform, is intended for major Windows updates. Its ability to deliver smaller files is thanks to differential download packages: your computer or mobile device will only download the changes that Microsoft made since you last updated, instead of a full Windows build. Redmond is also planning to move more update processing to the cloud instead of performing it on a user's device, which should result in faster updates for Windows on less-powerful mobile devices. "Our customers have told us they would like updates to be more seamless, that they'd like more control over the timing of when updates are installed, that they'd like updating to require less local processing and thus improve battery life, and that they'd like download sizes to be reduced," Windows Insider Program Manager Bill Karagounis wrote in a blog post. Windows 10 'Creators Update' Arrives This Spring With 3D, VR The streamlined updates are currently rolling out to the mobile devices of developers and early adopters who participate in the Windows Insider preview program. Karagounis said that it will be rolled out in stages to other devices in the Insider program, including PCs and the HoloLens. It should be available to all users in the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is expected next year. The revision to the update process comes after Microsoft generated significant controversy with its initiatives to get customers to update their PCs to Windows 10 for free. Following efforts to force Windows 10 on computers running older operating systems, some of which Microsoft claimed were accidental, the company settled a lawsuit brought by a California woman who said the unintended upgrade slowed her computer to a crawl. Other major modifications to Windows in the Creators Update include support for virtual reality via upcoming headsets and VR accessories from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer. The update will also make it easier for artists to create 3D images and videos thanks to a revamped Paint app that can process 3D images uploaded from a smartphone.