DisplayLink said on Friday that it has added support for the just-launched Windows 8 operating system in the latest Version 7.0 build for Ultrabooks and Intel-based tablets and PCs.
For Windows 8 consumers, this means they can enjoy the platform's new touch-based features through an extended desktop by way of DisplayLink-certified docking stations, monitors, and graphics adapters connected through a single plug-and-display USB cable. Users can choose the classic interface or the new Windows 8 interface, and even add touch-based displays to increase productivity in the new touchy Windows environment.
"Our latest software release enables USB Graphics on a much wider range of computing products, including Intel based Tablet and Slate PC’s and Microsoft’s Surface Pro platforms for business," said John Cummins, SVP Sales & Marketing. "We’ve worked closely with our key customers and partners to ensure everything is ready on time for the Windows 8 launch and are proud to have the drivers fully available today for users globally."
Depending on the local hardware, DisplayLink supports resolutions of up to 2560 x 1152, and automatically detects and compresses updates on the desktop using the company's compression technology (DL2+ or DL3). This tech automatically balances the compression methods based on the content, available CPU power, and USB bandwidth, providing the best possible USB graphics experience at any given moment.
"Compressed data packets are sent over the standard USB 2.0 cable as quickly as possible to maintain a very interactive user experience," the company explains. "A high speed DisplayLink chip embedded in the monitor, docking station, projector or adapter decodes the compressed data back into video or graphics data."
The latest software driver with support for Windows 8 is available for download now free of charge from DisplayLink’s website here.