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Canon Support For Universal Print By Microsoft

10th September 2021

What is Microsoft Universal Print?

Universal Print, developed by Microsoft is a cloud-based print solution that enables simple and secure printing experiences, while reducing time and effort for IT.

Universal Print moves key Windows Server print infrastructure to the Microsoft 365 cloud and provides robust and centralised print management capability. A single generic driver is used, irrespective of printer model, so no driver management and setup is needed. Printers are easily identified from Windows devices and users continue to print as they always have.

For IT professionals who are managing print, Universal Print offers:

  •    A print solution to enable the move to the cloud and support print for Azure AD users.
  •    Managed printing in zero-trust networks.
  •    Eliminates the need to manage print servers or the need for complex hybrid print solutions.
  •    A centralised portal that enables robust management capability.
  •    Visibility and insights into your print with reporting.
  •    Print data stored in the same manner as other Microsoft Office data, in accordance with Microsoft’s data management guidelines.
  •    Printer deployment and default printer configuration on end-user devices using Microsoft Endpoint Manager (Microsoft Intune).

Benefits of combining Canon and Universal Print

1. 100% cloud-based

create a completely serverless environment and reduce costs.

2. Improve your IT workflow

Ease the burden on IT and infrastructure management with a simplified registration process and single generic driver.

3. No end-user training

User experience remains the same with no additional training required.

4. Simplify print management

Extended functionality with uniFLOW for security, authentication and accounting.

Enhance the capabilities of Universal Print with uniFLOW Online

Supported printers can connect natively to Universal Print as long you have a valid Microsoft 365 subscription. No local Windows or manufacturer driver or additional user software is required.

For devices that are unable to connect natively, Microsoft offer a Universal Print Connector providing a Windows application that connects legacy devices to Universal Print.

Connect with any Canon device via uniFLOW Online and enhance features and functionality including Secure Print, full accounting and support for client operating systems such as Mac and Chrome Os.

Universal Print by Microsoft Universal Print by Microsoft + uniFLOW Online Express Universal Print by Microsoft + uniFLOW Online
No local servers required 100% Cloud based 100% Cloud based 100% Cloud based
Windows 10 support Native (no s/w) Native (no s/w) Native (no s/w)
Device Authentication No Yes (PIN, Card, Image) Yes (PIN, Card, Image)
Accounting Very basic (3 data points) Advanced (60+ data points) Advanced (60+ data points)
Print/Copy/Fax/Scan reporting No Yes Yes
Bulk Device Connection No – individual registration No – individual registration* Yes – bulk registration
Mac, Chrome, Email, Web No No Yes
Secure Printing Any Organisation from SME to Large Enterprise No capital outlay Fixed monthly rental + service
Printing policy control No No Yes
Works with any printer No – new firmware required No Yes – Any PCL printer

*Universal Print by Microsoft requires individual device registration while devices can be activated in bulk to uniFLOW Online Express.

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