Microsoft's new Universal Print service is now generally available

Universal Print
Universal Print (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Universal Print is now available.
  • The service allows customers to print from Windows devices to AAD printers.
  • You can also print from your OneDrive for Business accounts.

Universal Print (opens in new tab), a new service from Microsoft that allows education and enterprise customers to eliminate the need for print servers or installing printer drivers onto PCs by providing a simple and secure printing solution in zero-trust environments via Microsoft 365, is now generally available starting today.

Customers can use Universal Print to print documents from Windows devices to Azure Active Directory (AAD) registered printers, as well as print from their own OneDrive for Business accounts using any browser of their choice.

Microsoft has a number of printer manufacturers including Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Toshiba, Ricoh, and Xerox. Universal Print was announced in March last year, and has been in preview ever since. Its general availability starting today opens up the service to many more customers and businesses looking for a solution like this.

What are your thoughts on Universal Print? Let us know in the comments.

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  • If the printer is local, is Universal Print smart enough to route at least the bulk of the print job directly over the LAN, or does it all go out to the cloud and then come back? Print tasks are often huge. Hundreds of MB print jobs are typical. If the printer is local, it would be a shame to clog the Internet bandwidth to print (especially for the often-slower upload half of the transmission), but great to set up all printers on this if it has that capability, knowing that remote and local printing will only use the bandwidth they need. I'm still irritated that MS doesn't allow OneDrive to sync locally between 2 computers. Instead of taking 15 minutes to move GBs of data to a new laptop when adding my OneDrive, it takes days and kills the Internet for all other devices during that time (there are manual work-arounds for this, but DropBox does this automatically with no user effort required). Because MS has never fixed that for OneDrive (as far as I know), I'm skeptical that they'll get it wrong here too...
  • I agree with you.
    Local connections are always welcome.
  • Looks like a nightmare.
  • Been looking for this as a workaround to printing to Konika Minolta printers that don't natively have ARM based drivers. Unfortunately, requires an upgrade to the Business Premium plan, which is an extra $6/mo per user. Even WORSE, that entitles you to only 5 print jobs per month. FIVE!!! Seriously? For more, you need an add-on pack of 500 print jobs! ..and I can't find any pricing on that. Clearly, this thing is in early stages.
  • Less on-prem print servers to manage at remote sites.
    This is good.