Microsoft Claims It Won't Push Large Updates Over Metered Connections With Windows 10 Creators Update

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The latest preview build for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update includes language that would allow the company to push out security updates and bug fixes over metered connections even though charges may apply for some users. However, Microsoft said in a statement it will practice restraint by not issuing large updates on metered connections, and instead will only send out fixes it deems critical.

The change in policy was noted earlier this week in a preview build issued to Windows Insiders. Before that build arrived, Windows 10 presented the following language with regards to updates for users on metered connections:
Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically, except over metered connections (where charges may apply).
That was all fine and dandy, except Microsoft tweaked the wording to allow for updates even on metered connections:
We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where changes may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.
The change in language drew concern from some users, as the policy seemingly could result in bill shock if someone had already reached their monthly data limit and Windows 10 all of a sudden sends out gigabytes of data. Fortunately for such users, that scenario will not play out if Microsoft holds true to its word.

"We don't plan to send large updates over metered connections, but could use this for critical fixes if needed in the future," Microsoft said.

It's not clear what the cutoff point will be in terms of what is considered a small update versus a large one. But from our interpretation, it appears that Microsoft is essentially reserving the right to issue updates over metered connections, which it will do when there is a major vulnerability in need of addressing. That seems a fair trade off, considering that a compromised system can be used by cyber criminals for nefarious purposes, such as part of a botnet.