Xbox One controller compatibility for Windows PC is nearing public release, according to a reply from Microsoft's Larry Hryb on a NeoGAF thread about the topic.
"Soon. Very soon," Hryb (AKA Mjr. Nelson) said, replying on a NeoGAF thread about when the necessary drivers would be made available via Windows.
Microsoft said back in August of 2013 that Windows support for Xbox One's peripheral would arrive sometime in 2014.
While Microsoft has already confirmed the gamepads will work plugged into a USB port, the company remained vague on if the Windows compatibility will include wireless support as well.
The Xbox 360's wired controller supported play on Windows PC out of the box, but wireless 360 controllers required a separate receiver that didn't arrive until nine months after the console's launch in late 2005.
This is good news for PC gamers and for Steam users who may want the console experience of a game, and the flexibility that the PC platform provides (frequent updates, modding, additional content, etc).