Universal Print, cloud printing for Windows

Universal Print, cloud printing for Windows

Universal Print

Previewed in July 2020, the cloud printing service is now available to everyone. Universal Print, based on Microsoft Azure, allows companies and educational institutions to avoid using a print server or installing drivers. It therefore requires no local infrastructure, only compatible printers.

Universal Print for Windows 10 and Microsoft 365

Universal Print is available for subscribers to the Enterprise E3 / E5 and Education A3 / editions. A5 of Windows 10 and the Business Premium, Enterprise F3 / E3 / E5 and Education A3 / A5 editions of Microsoft 365. The number of print jobs per month depends on the license type. Centralized print management takes place through the Universal Print portal on Azure, fully integrated with Active Directory.

As mentioned, the service requires a compatible printer. Microsoft has published a list of manufacturers who will release a specific update for models already on the market or integrate support in future models. Among the best known names are Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Toshiba, Ricoh and Xerox.

The service can also be used with incompatible printers after installing a tool called Universal Print Connector. The procedure is illustrated on the dedicated website. However, Universal Print will not be exclusive to Windows 10 and Microsoft 365. Users will also be able to take advantage of cloud printing with the web version of OneDrive for Business (starting next summer) and Dynamic 365 Business Central (starting April).

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Microsoft's new Universal Print service is now generally available

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Use the power of Azure to print documents anytime, anywhere.

  • Universal Print is now available.
  • The service allows customers to print from Windows devices to AAD printers.
  • You can also print from your OneDrive for Business accounts.
  • Universal Print, a new service from Microsoft that allows education and enterprise customers to eliminate the need for print servers or installing printer drivers onto PCs by providing a simple and secure printing solution in zero-trust environments via Microsoft 365, is now generally available starting today.

    Customers can use Universal Print to print documents from Windows devices to Azure Active Directory (AAD) registered printers, as well as print from their own OneDrive for Business accounts using any browser of their choice.

    Microsoft has a number of printer manufacturers including Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Toshiba, Ricoh, and Xerox. Universal Print was announced in March last year, and has been in preview ever since. Its general availability starting today opens up the service to many more customers and businesses looking for a solution like this.

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