Microsoft is finally supporting Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) downloads from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Previously, updates were delivered over HTTP, which had its setbacks. (via Windows Central)
This new transition to HTTPS is secure compared to HTTP, in the sense that it is encrypted and protects you from potential attacks, and protects your information. Dr. Windows spotted this change, however, it is not yet established why Microsoft decided to choose the HTTPS format for its downloads after sticking with HTTP for a long time.
The switch to HTTPS will now apply when you manually download files for Windows Updates, New Windows Builds, New Drivers, and PC Patches from the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can now freely obtain these downloads using any modern browser without depending on any workaround, as the previous HTTP protocol meant that some browsers could block downloads.
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