According to a report published on Neowin, Microsoft will soon be making it official that its latest Windows 10 operating system includes support for the latest USB 3.1 Type-C standard and USB Dual Role.
Microsoft will be holding its WinHec conference next month and the official website for the event includes a page where the new USB connectivity scenarios in Windows 10 are discussed. The page mentions “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 brings improved transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, that’s double the 5Gbps transfer speed that USB 3.0 currently supports. That isn’t quite as fast as Thunderbolt, but is definitely quite a significant jump over USB 3.0. Another major highlight is the fact that you will no longer have to worry about the side of the cable that you need to plug in since the new Type-C spec supports reversible cables. However, you will need to wait for manufacturers to adopt the new USB 3.1 Type-C spec as currently very limited number of products support it.