The Universal Print feature is now available in preview mode for macOS. With it, businesses can run printers without having to install drivers on local computers. All management takes place in the Azure cloud.
In March 2021, Universal Print became available to all Microsoft 365 for business and education users. Declared support for printers from Brother, Canon, Epson, HP, Konica Minolta, Lexmark, Toshiba, Ricoh and Xerox. In April 2023, plans to launch the feature for macOS appeared in the Microsoft 365 roadmap. The release was supposed to take place in the fall of 2023, but the company postponed it.
Now the company has announced the launch of preliminary support for Universal Print for macOS. Microsoft said in a blog post that this will help companies using Windows and macOS computers in offices to make it easier for employees to access printers. Mac users will be able to print files from the operating system system window without having to install drivers.
To activate the feature, company administrators need to go to the Microsoft Azure portal and in the global settings section, find the new “macOS Support” item. The Universal Print end user app is available on the Mac App Store. The company has not yet announced a release date for the public version.