Following the announcement in March, Microsoft today announced that its Universal Print service is entering the free public preview phase. The service is a cloud-based printing solution from Microsoft that helps businesses better manage their print infrastructure, eliminate the need for on-premises print servers, and eliminate the need to install printer drivers on pCs.
The service uses the printing capabilities of Windows Server to get Azure to do everything. Administrators can view all service-registered printers on a single dashboard and use that dashboard to manage them. Obviously, this feature is not natively supported by the printer, so you must use the Universal Print Agent app. Microsoft originally said it was working with Canon, but this time it said it was working with printer manufacturers, so it is expected that many more partners will join.
In short, Microsoft wants to move Windows Server printing capabilities to the cloud. Administrators can easily view all Universal Print-enabled printers through the Azure dashboard and deploy appropriate management.