Lets talk about inefficiency. Microsoft just released an update that adds five words to the English dictionary file that has an impressive size of 56 Megabytes. The five words that are added by this update that is available through a Knowledge Base article and Windows Update are "Friendster", "Klum", "Nazr", "Obama" and "Racicot".
The update applies to all editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Probably even better than having to download a 56 Megabyte file for five additional words is the fact that the computer has to be restarted after updating the operating system.
Install this update to add words to the English and German standard dictionaries. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer. This update is provided to you and licensed under the Windows Vista License Terms.
The explanation on the other hand is quite boring. The update replaces the dictionary files with the updated versions meaning the user is actually downloading the full dictionary files and not just a patch that adds the five words to them.
Most users on the other hand will probably never use those five words anyway or if they do, make no spelling mistakes doing so, lets hope that this update will be optional and not mandatory.
Incremental updates are obviously the better choice for these kind of updates, considering that you do not need to download the whole application or data again when you add a couple of words to a dictionary. Instead, you could simply add the words and be done with it, which probably would not be a 100 Kilobyte download in total.
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