bill - 2:59 am on Aug 23, 2011 (gmt 0)
Microsoft confirms USB 3.0 support for Windows 8
As we get closer to Microsoft's BUILD conference in mid-September, the company is revealing more tidbits about Windows 8. Today the official Windows 8 blog site has confirmed that the operating system will include native support for the USB 3.0 standard. The new version of the Universal Serial Bus port is only just beginning to appear with new PC desktops and laptops but Microsoft says that by 2015 all new PCs will have USB 3.0 ports.
Data transfer speeds over the new standard are supposed to be 10 times faster than the current USB 2.0 ports. For example, Microsoft said that a USB 3.0 based storage devices should be able to transfer a high-def movie to a PC via a USB 3.0 port in just 80 seconds. That same file would take 15 minutes to transfer via a USB 2.0 port. USB 3.0 also provides 80 percent more power than USB 2.0 ports