As we are heading towards to BUILD conference, the company officially confirms that Windows 8 will support USB 3.0.

Today Steven Sinofsky blogged on B8 “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. This is also our first video post – we aimed for “engineering” videos and not high production values but I think we make our point (note videos are embedded in HTML5 and available for download). If you’re like me when looking at the video, you might think that those file copy progress indicators are looking a bit dated…stay tuned. This post was authored by Dennis Flanagan, the Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking group.”

USB 3.0 is 10x faster than its predecessor and has better power management. OEMs have already including USB 3.0 ports and by 2015, USB 3.0 ports will be included in all new PCs with broad availability of SuperSpeed USB devices.

Whereas Microsoft to include native support for USB 3.0 while making sure it still works with 10 billion existing devices. Therefore updating existing USB software, the company is designing a new USB software stack for the new controller while maintaining existing interfaces and behaviors, ensuring every device and driver will work. For older controllers, we retained our existing software stack.


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