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:
create a completely serverless environment and reduce costs.
Ease the burden on IT and infrastructure management with a simplified registration process and single generic driver.
User experience remains the same with no additional training required.
Extended functionality with uniFLOW for security, authentication and accounting.
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)|
|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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