Microsoft to axe third-party printer drivers in Windows

Share post:

Microsoft has announced that it will phase out third-party printer drivers in Windows by 2027, and will replace the drivers with its own universal class driver, designed to be more reliable and easier to use.

According to Microsoft, the universal class driver will work with all printers that support the Mopria standard, which is a universal printing protocol. Microsoft adds that it will provide manufacturers with an alternative means to distribute printer drivers to their customers.

The key driver behind this transformation is the Mopria Alliance, a consortium formed in 2013 by industry heavyweights Canon, HP, Samsung, and Xerox, with subsequent participation from Epson, Lexmark, Adobe, and Microsoft. Since Windows 10 21H2, Microsoft included Mopria support, which means printer makers don’t need to provide separate installers and drivers. You can customize your printing through Print Support Apps in the Windows Store.

Microsoft will begin phasing out third-party printer drivers in 2025. By 2027, no new third-party printer drivers will be published to Windows Update. Existing drivers will still be supported, but they will no longer be updated.

The sources for this piece include an article in TheRegister.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Related articles

A new open source AI rivals Llama 2

LLM360, in collaboration with MBZUAI and Petuum, has unveiled K2-65B, a cutting-edge large language model (LLM) boasting 65...

Polar: A new way of funding open source projects

A company called Polar is introducing a new idea in open-source funding, aiming to allow open source developers...

Hashtag Trending Jan.19-Impact of AI on employment headlines at Davos; New study shows how much data is shared with Facebook; Starlink announces pricey Gigabit...

Where does Open Source fit into the global AI picture? Davos is abuzz with concerns about AI. A new study shows just how much data is shared with Facebook, Starlink announces Gigabit internet but it comes with a steep price, and your smart headphones might be raising eyebrows – literally.   All this and more

Open-source code fuels rise in supply chain cyberattacks

Recent research highlights a concerning trend in cybersecurity: the increasing use of open-source code and legitimate hacking tools...

Become a member

New, Relevant Tech Stories. Our article selection is done by industry professionals. Our writers summarize them to give you the key takeaways