Mobile Print Alliance: Printing On-The-Go Just Got Easier

By Karl Dueland, vice president, Solutions Delivery Unit, Xerox

Any traveling business worker knows that printing on-the-go isn’t always easy. Most of the time you have to download a driver or app, wait for it to install, locate the printer in the office you’re visiting and then map to it. When time is of the essence and you need an important document for that big meeting, these extra steps can be confusing and frustrating. That angst over mobile printing may soon become a thing of the past.

Xerox has joined with other print providers to launch the Mobile Print Alliance (MPA), a non-profit membership organization focused on making it easy to print from any mobile device to any printer.Mopria

How does it work? In a move towards establishing industry-wide mobile printing compatibility on all printing devices, the MPA designed a single mobile print platform that will be adopted by its members and embedded into their products. In addition, the MPA created an easily recognizable brand and logo, Mopria (which stands for mobile printing), that will help identify which devices are part of the MPA. If a printer has a Mopria sticker on it, anyone with a smartphone and an Internet connection can walk up and print to it – without downloading an app or driver. It’s really that easy.

Take a look around your office. Can you spot a smartphone or two? Mobile phones are common tools not only for traveling workers, but for office executives as well. According to IDC, 40 percent of employees use their smartphones on the job. In the next three years, that’s expected to increase to 56 percent.  With BYOD on the rise, easier mobile printing is a must and allowing users to print from any device without complicated downloads is the first step.

Of course print providers like Xerox and the other founding members of the MPA benefit too. We’ll be able to ensure ongoing compatibility with mobile devices without having to continually re-engineer our products. Most importantly, by sharing a common mobile printing platform, all of our customers will be able to print freely and get the work they need to get done faster. We realize that our customers don’t want to think about how to print when they’re in a rush to meet a deadline or head into an important meeting. Now they won’t have to.

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  1. Pretty neat idea. This seems like a great advancement if this uniformity can be facilitated. Thanks for the information.

  2. John Satta September 24, 2013 - Reply

    Smart and timely idea. Great article (except where is the definition for BYOD?)

  3. Karl Dueland September 24, 2013 - Reply

    For clarity, BYOD = Bring Your Own Device.

  4. Dinesh Srirangpatna September 24, 2013 - Reply

    IDC welcomes this initiative by leading hardcopy equipment manufacturers like Xerox to simplify and streamline user print experience from mobile touch points such as smart phones and tablets.

  5. Helena Briden October 1, 2013 - Reply

    Excellent and long overdue!

  6. Toni Gibiino October 14, 2013 - Reply

    Fantastic move forward in standardising mobile print technology. This will ultimately aid businesses and user alike to interact with the numerous printer & MFD’s brands in the market today.

  7. Aaron Warham October 17, 2013 - Reply

    Another step forward in allowing businesses to develop and become more effecient and profitable – great news

  8. Karl Dueland, Xerox October 17, 2013 - Reply

    Good point Aaron and thanks for your comments. This will create the standard that enables printing to be universally compatible and easy for consumers and businesses.

  9. Tom Hottiger October 23, 2013 - Reply

    mopria is a key requisite for future moves of mobile print usage. It’s not just a nice to have me-too feature but an industry must to survive.

  10. Gremond Dutes February 3, 2014 - Reply

    Great innovation. Whatever the mind of a man can thing it can achieve. This is a great move to ease customer’s life inthe process of printing documents.

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