The good, bad and ugly of different mobile printing solutions

From Apple’s AirPrint to cloud services like HP’s ePrint to powerful enterprise server software, I give a primer on the different ways you can print from your smartphone or tablet.

This article from Eric Lai of has a year old study from InfoTrends that found the biggest reasons why people didn’t print from their mobile device. The top reason was lack of access to a printer (48 per cent) and second was lack of support from a mobile device (32 per cent). But the more interest reason was No. 3: no need to print at 29 per cent.

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I really believe end users today have no thought or desire to print something that they find of interest on the smartphone. If they do want to keep a record of it they just save it on their smartphone and call it up late. As for a tablet device they fact that WiFi is everywhere means there is no need to print a copy of it to store somewhere, where it gets lost or forgotten about. That document or information is in the cloud to be retrieved at a moments notice.

Printing for business is still there but it has become more of a document management exercise. The channel has produced several highly reliable managed print services companies that can take care of a worker’s printing needs.

And don’t be surprised if these same managed print services providers offer an AirPrint type of service soon.

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Paolo Del Nibletto
Paolo Del Nibletto
Former editor of Computer Dealer News, covering Canada's IT channel community.

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