Microsoft: Windows 8 will have 'robust USB 3.0 support'

By Jos · 9 replies
Aug 23, 2011
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  1. Microsoft is offering up a few more details about its next-gen operating system on the recently launched Building Windows 8 blog. Although this is hardly surprising news, according to a…

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  2. I'm glad to see this, hopefully more new technologies get good support in Windows 8. I hope Microsoft will cut loose all the old technologies / software that is holding us back. I want to be in the future, not stuck in the past. *stares at captaincranky*.
  3. So what does this mean? I thought if the mobo and the CPU support native (what does this mean?) USB 3.0, that would be enough.

    Does this mean XP, Vista, and Win 7 can't achieve USB 3.0 speeds if the right hardware is there?
  4. .....I don't get it. I am using USB3 now and getting maximum transfer speeds from my mates external SSD
  5. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    You don't get it because actually this video makes pretty much no sense, you have USB 3, a SSD and a non nailed PC, wich is all things needed to archive that speed because 7 does gives you max speed transfers.

    Im gonna be bastard smiling when people come to me asking me why their USB flash drives dont copy at full speed :)
  6. 1977TA

    1977TA TS Rookie Posts: 89

    "Native", meaning Win8 won't need third party USB 3.0 drivers ( Like Win7 does now ).

    It's fluff is all. Most people in the know install 3rd party drivers anyway to gain the maximum performance, ie: video, sound, network cards, etc...
  7. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 167

    Jeez Louise! The only thing that I care about is whether that stupid "tiles" GUI is going to be a help or a hindrance!

    If it lets me use ONLY my ASCII keyboard, then it's a help.

    If it lets me use my ASCII keyboard, but forces me to have to use it with a touchscreen, and no mouse support, then it will be a HUGE hindrance.

    I wish that they would address that NOW instead of "teasing" us with all of the wonderful possibilites of being able to develop RSIs using their "great" touchscreen capability.

    Does anyone here own an HP TouchSmart PC? Well, there ya go...
  8. So as long as the third-party drivers (if any) support a particular OS, I am good to go?

    That's a relief. I did not want to buy a tablet OS just to enjoy USB 3.0
  9. Windows 8 is a desktop OS.
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,472   +126

    No Windows 8 Metro is desktop, laptops and tablet OS. Should be interesting to see how the newer OS tablet will be. As for USB 3, more like USB 2 just faster if it can happen to be that way. That's a lot of hardware to migrate over too. Since we have USB 1 and USB 2 device in the norm.

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