Windows 8 to ship with USB 3.0 support

Microsoft has revealed that the next flavour of the Windows OS Windows 8 will fully support USB 3.0 standard, the latest high-speed flavor of USB.

Introduced in 2008, USB 3.0 offers not just faster transfer rates over previous versions but also better power management and battery life.

By 2015, all new PCs are expected to offer USB 3.0 ports, and over 2 billion new “SuperSpeed” USB devices will be sold in that year alone.

With this new standard, devices operate at theoretical speeds of up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. Users can be able to copy a high definition movie from a USB storage drive in about 80 seconds instead of the 15 minutes it takes with USB 2.0.

The specification also introduced a new transfer type streams which allows the storage drives to process reads and writes more efficiently.

As posted in the official blog of Windows 8;

One of the important roles Windows plays as part of a broad ecosystem is developing support for new hardware. This is a pretty involved process and so for this post we wanted to take a look at supporting USB 3.0, something we know everyone is anxious to be using because of the improvements it brings.


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