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Hello again AskPerf! Today I’m going to introduce a new Windows 8.1 feature called Printer Roaming.
Windows 8 provided the ability for users to roam a number of settings with their Microsoft account, such as the desktop background and web history.
Windows 8.1 extends this functionality to include roaming of printer connections, and this is primarily aimed at bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenarios.
If you use Microsoft-connected accounts in your workplace (i.e. an account tied to a Hotmail.com or Outlook.com e-mail address), Windows 8.1 will store your UNC printer connections in the cloud and reconnect them on other Windows 8.1 devices you bring into the workplace.
So, let’s say you’ve manually mapped 3 printer connections (e.g. \\ServerName\PrinterShare) on your Windows 8.1 desktop PC at work. When you bring a Windows 8.1 tablet into the workplace, the operating system will keep your printer connections in sync by automatically connecting them.
This feature is currently grouped with Other Windows Settings, which can be found in the SkyDrive options in the PC Settings application.
There are a few important caveats that I’d like to note.
When considering Microsoft-connected accounts in your workplace, you can count Printer Roaming among the many valuable feature opportunities that become available.