New for Imaging Drivers
The Windows Driver Kit (WDK) that is released with Windows 7 includes new features for imaging drivers. These features include enhancements to the Windows Imaging Architecture (WIA) to enable auto-configured scanning and device-initiated scanning. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 supports Web Services for Devices (WSD) distributed scan management.
A WIA scanner device that implements auto-configured scanning can automatically configure its image-acquisition settings instead of requiring a WIA application that runs on a desktop computer to configure the settings. A WIA scanner device that supports device-initiated scanning enables a user to initiate scanning operations from the device instead of from a WIA application. For more information, see WIA Scanner Item Tree for Windows 7.
Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces the WSD distributed scan management architecture, which enables IT administrators to provide scanning services to large organizations. The features of this architecture include the Windows scan-management console (SMC), which administrators use to configure and manage distributed scanning services, and the Windows scan repository service, which processes and stores image files received from network-connected WSD scanner devices. For more information, see Web Services for Devices Distributed Scan Management.