Canon U.S.A., Inc. and NT-ware have announced the upcoming support for Universal Print, developed by Microsoft. Organizations that wish to utilize Universal Print within their environment can use the native support that will be built into imageRUNNER ADVANCE firmware along with the additional capabilities that will be provided by either the free-of-charge uniFLOW Online Express, or optional uniFLOW Online.
Universal Print moves some Windows Server print infrastructure to Microsoft 365 and offers print management capabilities.
Native support for Universal Print with imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX and third-generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models is set to be included in version 3.11 of the Unified Firmware Platform, which is currently scheduled to release in September 2020. This allows users to print to these models using Universal Print without the need for local print servers. uniFLOW Online Express, a free-of-charge SaaS service also running on Microsoft Azure, will be able to extend the capabilities of Universal Print for these models by providing device authentication, comprehensive print/copy/scan/fax reporting, scan to myself and Google Drive.
“The way people work is changing as cloud adoption and technology continue to expand and evolve, driving digital transformation. Canon’s imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction printers along with uniFLOW Online can provide the flexibility and scalability to help address diverse workplace needs,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “As demonstrated by this collaboration with Microsoft, Canon is committed to continuously deliver solutions that support our customers in their journey to the digital workplace.”
uniFLOW Online, an optional 100 percent cloud solution running in various Azure data centers globally, will have the ability to connect natively to Universal Print and offer even more capabilities to the print environment including:
- Secure Print with a single universal queue
- My Print Anywhere allowing users to release their job to any compatible device, including those not supporting Universal Print natively
- Accounting (print, copy, fax, scan), prices, cost centers and reporting
- Support for other client operating systems such as macOS and Chrome OS
- Mobile Printing and Mobile Printing for guests
“We are excited to be working closely together with Microsoft on the integration of uniFLOW Online and Universal Print,” said Karsten Huster, president and CEO, NT-ware. “The result will be a holistic cloud solution that combines powerful features with straightforward administration.”
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