By default, Windows 8.1 runs on Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 2, while Windows 8 will run on the new standard of USB- C. There are two types of USB ports in the new operating system: a standard and a Thunderbolt 3/USB- C combo.
The latter is much more expensive than the former, but if you need to hook up two USB-c enabled peripherals, Thunderbolt 3 and USB- c will work.
The new Thunderbolt 3 adapter is also USB- A, so you can connect any Thunderbolt 3 device to your PC, including Thunderbolt-enabled TVs, mice, and other peripherals.
But if you’re using the new Thunderbolt-equipped devices with USB-A ports, you’ll need to plug them in to the new system first.
Thunderbolt 3 is compatible with any modern computer with an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and a Radeon graphics card.
Thunderbolt 2 is compatible only with newer Intel Core processors and older AMD cards.
Thunderbolt has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 10Gbps.
Thunderbolt is currently not supported by Windows 8, but Microsoft is planning to add support for Thunderbolt 3 to the operating system soon.
Thunderbolt isn’t limited to USB-a peripherals either.
You can use any Thunderbolt 2 device that uses a USB 3.0 Type-A connector, which means that you can attach any USB 3-compatible peripheral to the Thunderbolt 2 ports of a USB-B adapter.
If you need more power, you can buy an external USB 3 hub, which you can then use to power a USB 2.0 device with a Thunderbolt 2 port.
The next major Windows update is scheduled for April 11.
Windows 8 is expected to support HDMI 3.1a, HDMI 2.4a, and Thunderbolt 3.
Microsoft has said that the new OS will support up to 4K video playback at 60Hz, and it will support DisplayPort 1.2a, which is the newest video format supported by the new hardware.
It’s not clear yet when Windows 8 or Windows 8 Professional will support the newest Thunderbolt 3 technology, but it will likely be in April.