Over the past few days, I've spoken to a number of IT Pros that were interested in how printing is improved or different in Windows 8. Even in today's age of online information and social media, I know that IT Pros spend a great deal of time managing shared printing and print drivers to make it all work as seamlessly as possible for end users.
In Windows 8, the product team has taken an opportunity to design a new print class driver architecture (version 4) while still maintaining backward compatibility with older version 3 drivers that were designed for Windows 7 and prior.
Some of the key advantages that I absolutely love about this new driver architecture are:
You can read the full details about this new print class driver architecture on the Windows team blog - there's a great post over there by the Print team that explains the architecture in detail.
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I'm excited that these changes will reduce the amount of time IT Pros spend managing day-to-day printer tasks and print drivers. What do you think?
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Keith Mayer is a Principal Technical Architect at Microsoft, focused on helping ISV partners leverage the Azure cloud platform. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of customers and partners worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Azure, Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
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