In the next of their Building Windows 8 series, Microsoft talk about simplifying printing, and frankly that one couldn’t come soon enough!
This is how the article starts:
Of all the peripheral devices that you can connect to your Windows PC, printers are one of the most popular, and have been supported for the longest time. In fact, Windows 1.0 (shipped in 1985) supported “a number of printers and plotters” and included a “Print Spooler [which] allows the user to work on one file while printing on another” according to the Windows 1.0 Press Kit. The screenshot of Windows 1.0 below shows the files included with that version of Windows – Epson.drv, lots of font files, and the print spooler process. Some parts of the print system are older than the people who work on it. 🙂
And believe me, as someone who had to support earlier versions of Windows and had no end of headaches with printing, simplifying printing is a very VERY good thing.