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Scanners interoperability on Windows Vista

Scanners are unique pieces of hardware, the trouble is that over time, manufacturers of those scanners come and go, end support for older devices etc which means that on newer operating systems like Vista, support for the required device drives is tough to find.

In an effort to make it easier for scanners and all-in-one device makers to interface with Windows Vista, Microsoft announced it is contributing a set of Web services protocols it has developed for scanners to a standards group working on that issue to aid interoperability.

Microsoft is contributing the protocols to the Printer Working Group (PWG), a program of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Industry Standards and Technology Organization, according to the organization’s Web site.

“The purpose of the [protocols] specification was to enable network scanning in home and small business environments,” Mike Fenelon, a technical lead in Microsoft’s documents experience group and author of the spec, told InternetNews.com.

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