It’s rare that we see announcements like this, but Microsoft has announced that in four years, they will no longer be providing printer drivers through their own services, but require downloads of specialty drives from the original manufacturer website. Part of this is due to Microsoft pushing a new printer driver concept call IPP Class Drivers, which were introduced a couple years ago. This would mean printer manufacturers write their own code to connect to Windows service, rather than creating a mish-mash of bloated software that weights your machine down. I’m fond of this idea, especially since it means your computer should just simply work with most printers, no matter the make or model
With a first-party Microsoft IPP Class Driver, printers will function on modern versions of Windows without extra software.