Microsoft Moves to Simplify 3-D Printing

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

 

JUNE 26, 2013
By AMY O’LEARY

 

Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 8.1, will offer support for 3-D printers like this MakerBot Replicator.Robert Wright for The New York TimesMicrosoft’s new operating system, Windows 8.1, will offer support for 3-D printers like this MakerBot Replicator.
Back when digital cameras were the hot new Christmas gift, Apple zinged Microsoft with an ad suggesting that a computer running the Windows operating system could ruin the holidays.

The ad, in 2003, told a tale of how the joys of Christmas morning could be threatened. To get his new digital camera to work, a father might spend all day downloading Windows-compatible drivers — not exactly a great way to spend the holiday.

If today’s hot new technology, 3-D printers, starts showing up under Christmas trees this year, Microsoft has begun a pre-emptive strike against any such criticism. It announced that the newest version of the company’s operating system, Windows 8.1, will be the first to…

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