USB 3.1 Type-C is coming, and Microsoft looks to be ready for it. As Neowin reports, the outline of a session from next month's WinHEC conference suggests Windows 10 will have out-of-the-box support for the reversible USB connector—and, more importantly, the new capabilities it enables, including expanded power delivery and providing transport for standards like DisplayPort.
The session is titled "Enabling New USB Connectivity Scenarios in Windows 10," and its outline reads:
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.
The Type-C specification was finalized last August, and the connector showed up on quite a few devices at CES last month. Motherboards from ASRock, Biostar, and MSI featured it, as did a tiny thumb drive from Adata. A commercial launch can't be much further off.