How can we improve the Microsoft Edge developer experience?

Provide .torrent files for downloading IE VMs

Please provide .torrent files for the VMs in http://dev.modern.ie/tools/vms/.
You can set the current url's for the VMs as web seeds, and can assume that DHT will be sufficient for finding peers. Other than generating the torrent files when the images change, this method will not require any changes on your end. This will reduce download times for users, and increase your available server bandwidth. Because you will provide the torrent file, the file hashes will ensure that the delivered file will be even more secure and reliable than http. This seems like a win-win for yourselves and the community.

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  • David Kaufman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Do the lawyers at Microsoft outrank the technologists? Your "LCA department" needs to be educated on the technical superiority -- the *increased* secuirty and integrity of the data that would be achieved by using a torrent instead of a (slow) "entirely hosted" file server. Just sayin'.

  • Jared Deckard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You don't need Microsoft's cooperation to torrent these images. It would be nice if they would host official torrent files and magnet links, but I would settle for a seedy forum post containing image mirrors that only get updated once a year.

  • Dmitry Dushkin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Download speed is about 100 Kb/sec. It will take whole work day to download win 10. Please fix it! Put it on torrent. Talk to your LCA department to fix real user use cases.

  • A commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why dose it need to be hosted entirely on a Microsoft property? You say that but don't give a reason

  • Michel Stüwe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You are distributing your Windows Updates via P2P connections. Come on, that can't be the only reason torrents won't be a viable option.

  • B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's incredibly slow to download the [Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Stable]; 600-1000 KB/s. I like Max's idea about Torrent capability where you control the torrent file and the community contributes to the download speeds.
    Might be worth reconsidering with LCA (?) if it's important to you.

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