Public preview of Universal Print on macOS
Published Feb 07 2024 05:00 AM 5,875 Views

When we developed Universal Print, our goal was to create a single print solution that meets people where they are and "just works—from every app, on every device.  Today, we're taking a new step toward that vision by announcing the public preview of Universal Print on macOS.

This capability delivers full support for Mac devices within the Universal Print infrastructure. People can now print from any Mac app using the system print dialog without having to install drivers. If you were previously hesitant to adopt Universal Print because of a mixed Windows and Mac environment, you can now move ahead knowing all your workers are supported, regardless of operating system. This capability is available immediately after enabling the feature in the Azure Portal.

Adding printers

A new Universal Print macOS app is now available in the App Store. After installing the app and signing in to a Universal Print eligible Microsoft Entra ID account, people can search for printers by name (e.g., "Building 8" or "Design Studio") or even narrow down the list by location, then add relevant printers to their devices.

That's it – no learning curve! Try it today!

Getting started

If you have eligible Universal Print licenses, you already have access to this new capability! Read the documentation or follow these short steps to get started:

  1. Configure the macOS Support (preview) setting to "Show all printers". You can access this new setting on the Settings page.

    The Global settings page for Universal Print in the Microsoft Azure Portal.The Global settings page for Universal Print in the Microsoft Azure Portal.
  2. Get the Universal Print app from the App Store and sign in with an account that has Universal Print access and access to at least one printer.

    The Universal Print system dialog in macOS showing a list of available printersThe Universal Print system dialog in macOS showing a list of available printers
  3. Find and install a printer.

    The Add Printer dialog showing a search for printers by keywordThe Add Printer dialog showing a search for printers by keyword
  4. Try it out – print something from an app you frequently use!

    The Print dialog in macOS showing the Universal Print printerThe Print dialog in macOS showing the Universal Print printer

Share your thoughts

We'd love to hear about your experience with the public preview of Universal Print for macOS. Your input really does guide our future investments. Please share your ideas and feature requests with us, start discussions in the Universal Print Tech Community, and leave a review in the App Store.

Additional resources

macOS support is just one recent announcement. To learn about other capabilities, read the latest installment of What's new for Universal Print. If a demo is what you are looking for, check out our self-paced guided tour, Get to know Universal Print. Or, hear directly from the experts on Universal Print and cloud printing by watching Tackling Tech.

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