Windows 8 Supports Printing from HTML 5 and XAML

Windows 8 Supports Printing from HTML 5 and XAML

 
Printing is one of the most commonly used functions on a computer, either desktop or laptop. Windows 8 team has spent a lot of time.
 
In a blog published by Windows 8 team, printing system of Windows 8 has been reimagined and rethought from scratch. From the blog:
 
In Windows 8 we've introduced a new printer driver architecture, which we call version 4, or v4. The v4 architecture produces smaller, faster printer drivers, and it supports the idea of a print class driver framework--a system that allows people to install their printers without having to locate a driver for that device, in many cases.
 
As you've probably guessed, V4 is the fourth iteration of the printer driver architecture in Windows. V3 was the architecture used from Windows 2000 to Windows 7, and it's actually still fully supported in Windows 8 for device compatibility reasons. So if you only have an existing driver available for your current printer, then it should still work in Windows 8. Versions 1 and 2 were the driver architectures for Windows 1.0 through Windows ME.
 
As a developer, I am more interested in learning about accessing print functionality from my code. 
 
In current Windows, we need to use GDI+ or XPS to support printing. Now printing is reinvented in Windows 8 and developers can access print functionality from HTML 5/JavaScript and XAML/C# apps. 
 
How cool is that?
 
Some of the new improved printing features include
  • Fewer printer drivers now support more printers
  • Printer sharing is much easier now.
  • Hard drive space required for supporting printers is reduced in Windows 8 from 768 MB in Windows Vista, 446 MB in Windows 7 to 184 MB only.
  • Improved printer dialog
  • Much improved rendering process
Read more details here