HID Transports

Windows 8 supports the USB and Bluetooth transports that were available in previous versions of Windows; in addition, there is now support for Bluetooth LE and I2C.

The following table identifies the transports supported in current and previous versions of Windows.

TransportWindows 7Windows 8Notes
USBYesYesSupport for USB HID 1.11+ is provided on Windows operating systems dating back to Windows 2000.
BluetoothYesYesSupport for Bluetooth HID 1.1+ is provided on Windows operating systems dating back to Windows Vista.
Bluetooth LENoYesWindows 8 introduces support for HID over Bluetooth LE.
I2CNoYesWindows 8 introduces support for HID over I2C

 

Microsoft recommends that whenever possible, you use the supported transports in the previous table. However, if another transport is required, you can developer a miniport driver which is described in the Transport Minidrivers topic.

 

 

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