Microsoft confirms Windows 10 will support USB 3.1 Type-C and Dual Role
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"
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.
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
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