Monday, August 22, 2011

Windows 8 to provide Robust USB 3.0 Support

Microsoft revealed in a detailed post on Building Windows 8 that coming OS will have support for USB 3.0 for increased throughput and efficient power management.

Steven Sinofsky in a post on Building Windows 8 said "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."

He pointed out that "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."

Windows 8 will have support for USB 3.0, but it will also be compatible with the existing older USB devices.

In 2008 the USB Standards organization released the new USB 3.0 specification, which included a new host controller and defined the new “SuperSpeed” USB device (5 Gbps). Together, the controller and device could operate at theoretical speeds of up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Microsoft has also invested in building a custom tool - the Microsoft USB Test Tool (MUTT) to simulate a full range of device behaviors that are observed over the years.

Demonstration video shared:

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It seems that Microsoft is taking each and every step very significantly for Windows 9. Microsoft wishes to increase their hold on OS market with the upcoming Windows.
Users always welcome new technologies unless and until it does not require some radical changes to their style of using technology.

With USB 3.0 support on upcoming Windows 8, user can cherish some drastic improvements in the throughput and power consumption with computers consuming less power.

What do you think will USB 3.0 will be a role enhancer for the upcoming windows?
Please share our views with us.