Microsoft is bringing PIN-protected printing to its Windows 10 operating system – a feature that actually premiered in Windows 11.
The tech giant has a number of features it plans to inherit from Windows 11 to make bridging Windows 10 more natural, which it plans to share across operating systems in the near future.
To avoid duplicate printouts, especially in busy offices and workplaces, Windows 11 (and now Windows 10) users can set a PIN on their computer. The file(s) will not be printed until this PIN is entered into the printer.
PIN protected printing in Windows 10
Not only does the move come with increased security and privacy, but it also seeks to reduce paper waste in an environmentally conscious era.
Enterprise customers also get a print-related feature that will be bridged to Windows 10: the Print Support App was developed to support new features and for workplaces to print workflows for the printing experience without the need to install additional drivers.
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Windows 11 users also appreciate the focus support for the operating system’s Do Not Disturb mode, which allows users to continue receiving important, time-sensitive notifications regardless of the Do Not Disturb status.
Printing and Do Not Disturb features from Windows 11 are transitioning to Windows 10 with build number 19044.1806, which is currently available for testing on the Release Preview Channel.
Currently there is no word on when this build, which has been in testing since June of this year, will be generally available. However, you can see the full list of additions and corrections on the Windows blog site (opens in new tab).
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