Windows 10

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 will support both the upcoming USB 3.1 Type-C and USB Dual Role standards for data ports. The reveal was made via a panel description for the upcoming WinHec hardware development conference, which will be held in mid-March in China.

Here's the full description of the panel, titled "Enabling New USB Connectivity Scenarios in Windows 10"

"Windows 10 introduces support for USB Dual Role and Type-C, which will enable new wired connectivity scenarios such a phone interacting with USB peripherals, or laptops connecting to an external display using the USB Type-C connector. This session will go into detail on how Windows supports these technologies and what you need to do to enable them. Topics include: Overview of the new use cases introduced with USB Dual Role and Type-C, What scenarios are and aren't supported for Dual Role devices, Using Alternate Modes (e.g. DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, or MHL) over Type-C, Support for Power Delivery, enabling devices to provide/consume up to 100W over USB, Hardware and software architecture changes for Dual Role and Type-C, and Building a Windows system with Dual Role and/or Type-C support. Intended Audience: OEMs, ODMs, IDHs, IHVs, Peripheral Manufacturers, Driver Developers."

USB 3.1 Type-C will include support for cords with plugs that have no set top or bottom, meaning it won't matter which end you put in a notebook or desktop with a compatible port. USB 3.1 will also support faster data transfers, with up to 10 Gbps compared to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0. Devices that uses USB 3.1 for power should also charge faster.

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Of course, all of this will still require that PC and phone OEMs to make USB 3.1-based hardware, but thankfully they will be backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.

Source: WinHec website; Via: Neowin