USB 3.0 Coming to Your PC with Windows 8
USB 3.0 is finally getting the confirmation and validation it’s been craving—mainstream support via Windows 8. According to a recent post by Dennis Flanagan, the Director of Program Management for the Devices and Networking Group on the Microsoft blog “Building Windows 8”, USB 3.0 implementation was a no-brainer. Nonetheless, Microsoft has moved forward slowly and with caution.
“Our design had to follow the revised 3.0 specification precisely in order to enable emerging USB 3.0 hardware,” Flanagan stated. “There are also billions of older USB devices that Windows must remain compatible with.”
Universal compatibility has always been a mantra with Windows and USB 3.0 had to help fulfill that calling while accommodating consumers’ growing data needs. To do so, Microsoft took its time to develop a USB software stack for a SuperSpeed controller that kept comprehensive backward compatibility for devices and drivers. The company came up with virtual devices like hubs and ports to help design the USB 3.0 infrastructure to visualize the flow and combat potential errors.
So, what kind of perks is Windows 8 USB 3.0 promising? First and foremost, there’s improved battery life for your USB devices. With 80 percent more power for faster charging, the interface will also provide more efficient low power states to prolong battery life for hardware items like netbooks and notebooks.
Additionally, Microsoft’s blog reveals the ability to copy your high-definition video from a custom USB flash drive in less than 30 seconds. Gigabytes worth of important files are also backed up in the same time it appears to take to actually insert a device into a USB 3.0 port.
USB 3.0 in Windows 8 is a significant milestone for the interface. For the average user who may have a new USB 3.0 flash drive or hard drive, but has lacked the proper ports to support it, he or she can now take advantage of the speeds these devices always intended. This effort is vital for increased digital storage needs of consumers and their power hungry gadgets. What’s more is that in the next four years, it is forecasted that all PCs will boast USB 3.0 and more than 2 billion SuperSpeed devices will be sold in 2015 alone.
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