USB 3.0 For Windows 8
Universal Serial Bus might sound a little foreign, but saying that everyone who uses computers now-a-days is familiar with it and uses it almost regularly, will be completely correct. But Universal Serial Bus is not the name most users are familiar with, because it is commonly known as USB. USB has come in various versions since the time it was first introduced as a medium for connecting devices to the computer systems without having to install and restart the systems after installation. The facilities offered by USB continued to improve and increase with the passage of time and with every new version of USB. One general improvement was the transfer speed which continued to improve. Software and hardware manufacturers continued to produce their respective products for supporting the new versions of USB. The recently used version was the USB 2.0. But USB now has a new advanced version, that is, the USB 3.0. It comes with various new functions.
The USB 3.0, like its predecessors, comes with transfer speed improvements. But that is not the only thing that it has to offer. USB 3.0 gives the facility of parallel data transfer. This means that unlike its earlier versions, where the data can either be sent or received at one time, USB 3.0 allows two-way data transfer, which makes the process faster. Special port is needed in the hardware system in order to plug and take advantage of the added functions of USB 3.0, but one of the good things about it is that it provides backward compatibility. This means that a USB 3.0 device can be used on a USB 2.0 port, but it will provide the functions of USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0.
The advent of any new hardware technology is followed by the support for it from the software manufacturers and USB 3.0 is no exception. In order to provide the users with effective way of enjoying the advantages of USB 3.0 Microsoft has announced that it will be building robust USB 3.0 support in Windows 8. Windows 8 is the next generation operating system by Microsoft and it promises to provide many facilities and options that its previous operating systems lacked. Microsoft’s claim of building robust USB 3.0 support in Windows 8 is taken differently by different IT professionals and analysts.
USB 3.0 is not officially deployed yet and there are speculations that the computer hardware will have USB 3.0 built-in in them by the year 2015. Microsoft’s plan to release an operating system that will cater the software needs of a hardware change that will be incorporated in the not so near future is deemed farsighted indeed, but the question that will Microsoft succeed in building USB 3.0 support when there is minimum real life presence of the hardware, stays valid until proven wrong. And this has been a challenge for Microsoft when it initially started working on this project. The lack of USB 3.0 devices made it difficult to create software support for it. Because it is nearly impossible to construct a building if a proper and strong base is not available.