Canon, a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the first partner to work with Microsoft to help create the Universal Print solution.
Native support for Universal Print with imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX and third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE models is included from version 3.11 of the Unified Firmware Platform, which is scheduled to release in the second half of 2020. This allows users to print to these models using Universal Print without the need for local print servers.
Native connection for both new and older devices
Connecting a supported imageRUNNER ADVANCE device natively to Universal Print is a very simple process for administrators:
From the Remote User Interface, navigate to the “Network settings” section and select “Settings for Universal Print”
Here, enter the name of the printer to be used in Universal Print and the registration process is started
After a few seconds, a registration URL and unique device code is shown
Click on the registration URL, login with Azure AD credentials, enter the unique code, and complete the process
The administrator can share this print queue to all users in their Azure Active Directory or a selected number of users/groups. Default print settings such as double-sided printing can be applied.
By using the normal “Add Printer” option in Windows 10, the user can connect to the imageRUNNER ADVANCE printer. When printing a document, the user can control the supported functionality provided by the imageRUNNER ADVANCE device such as duplex, staple and hole-punch.
Printing to legacy or current Canon devices which do not support the Unified Firmware Platform is also possible by using the Universal Print connector software.
uniFLOW Online Express to support Universal Print by Microsoft
imageRUNNER ADVANCE devices also include a free connection to uniFLOW Online Express, a SaaS service also running on Microsoft Azure. uniFLOW Online Express can provide device authentication, comprehensive print/copy/fax/scan reporting, and scan to myself while using Microsoft Universal Print.
For additional functionality, a subscription to the full version of uniFLOW Online can be purchased. This adds features such as the ability to print via the cloud from other operating systems, secure printing, mobile printing, and scanning to other destinations such as OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and other cloud storage services delivering efficient electronic filing solution. In addition, imageRUNNER and imageCLASS/ i-SENSYS models connected to uniFLOW Online can use Universal Print without the need for the Universal Print connector software.