Microsoft Adding Native Support for 3D Printers in Windows 8.1

Microsoft has announced that they will be including device-specific application programming interfaces (presumably supplemented with drivers) that will provide Windows 8.1 with native support for 3D printers, scanners and POS devices.

Though 3D printers still remain a relatively niche product, it’s great news to see Microsoft is paying close attention to the new technology and we hope that 3D printers will soon feature the same plug and play functionality as conventional 2D printers.

 

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  • Man... very old news Toms. I expect things to be late by a day or two... but over a week and a half?

    Anywho, enough griping.
    I really hope they do things right for 3D printers. Old 2D printers seem to have never standardized where we could simply get a default printer driver that 'just works' for general printing, and only needing the official driver if doing something specific to the particular brand or pinter. I fear that 3D printers are taking so many different approaches to the tech that we are going to have similar headaches.
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  • Microsoft this is where you can capitalize, not from crappy/gimmicky UI's and windows 8, but by giving the best hardware compatibility, flexibility and functionality for your users. The one thing other OS's do not offer and the reason why you are so popular today. Get back to basics, support for new hardware like this is a good start.
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  • awesome
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