Majority of Dell and HP printers incompatible with Windows RT
Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell have released compatibility lists of printers and multifunction devices for the soon to be launched Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems. The lists show that most of the printers of these two major printer brands are incompatible with Windows RT.
The software giant Microsoft earlier this year issued a warning saying that some older printers will not work with Windows 8 and Windows RT. Windows RT is Microsoft’s first operating system for ARM processors. Though a majority of printers don’t support Windows RT, the compatibility lists reveal wider support for Windows 8, which is the successor to Windows 7 and written for x86 processors from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).
HP compatibility list has named 200 LaserJet and ColorJet laser printers and multifunction devices, of which only 34 are fully compatible with Windows RT, while a majority of them are compatible with Windows 8. A total of 83 printers and multifunction devices are not compatible with Windows RT, and a similar number of printers offer “limited support” for Windows RT. No compatibility list for inkjet printers has been released by HP yet. According to experts, limited support means that Windows RT users won't be able to take advantage of advanced printing features such as automatic duplexing. However, users will still be able to do basic printing.
The compatibility list of inkjet and laser printers released by Dell has only 32 of 110 printers that support Windows RT. Only two of 36 inkjets are supported by Windows RT. The ratio of Dell printers supporting Windows RT is larger for monochrome and color laser printers. Dell printers compatible with Windows RT also support Windows 8.
News credit: ComputerWorld