For office workers who bring their laptop computers to meetings in a variety of locations, on-the-spot printing has long been a frustrating challenge. But not anymore.
Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) launched today a free and downloadable print driver called the Mobile Express Driver that lets mobile office workers print to any available printer or multifunction printer (MFP) on a network – whether it’s a Xerox printer, or not.
To use the Mobile Express Driver, users simply plug into a network, pull up the intuitive pop-up print screen that automatically identifies all the available printers on the network, pick a printer, and click ‘print.’ The driver eliminates the need to bother colleagues to print documents or ask IT managers for help connecting to a printer.
“The Mobile Express Driver removes a real road block for the office nomad who travels across the hall, down the road, or throughout the country for meetings,” said Russell Peacock, president, Xerox Office Group. “No matter where they are, workers can now print their documents in just a few clicks.”
The Mobile Express Driver, which can be downloaded for free from http://www.xerox.com/mobile for Windows XP and Vista, works with both Xerox and non-Xerox PostScript printers and MFPs. Once a printer or MFP is chosen, that device is saved in the user’s list of “My Printers” making it even easier to find and use for future print jobs. In addition, the interface of the Mobile Express Driver is instantly configured to show the available features for a selected printer or MFP, such as two-sided printing or scanning capabilities.
The Mobile Express Driver automatically loads users’ favorite printer settings for different applications. So, if a person always prints e-mails in black and white and on both sides of the paper, that setting is applied to any printer they choose, eliminating the need to open the print window and manually change the properties for every print. And, by giving users the power to set up their own printing capabilities quickly in new locations, the Mobile Express Driver allows IT administrators to spend less time helping workers connect to printing devices, allowing them to focus on higher priority tasks.
In addition to the Mobile Express Driver, Xerox today launched the new Global Print Driver for Windows XP and Vista, a print driver that allows IT administrators to easily add new printers and MFPs to an organization’s network. Traditionally, IT administrators needed to install a specific print driver for every device a user wanted to print to. The Global Print Driver simplifies driver deployment by bundling all the capabilities and features of various devices into one complete package that’s installed in just five steps.
Free of charge, the Global Print Driver helps enterprise IT departments cut costs by reducing the time spent managing print drivers for various devices. With the Global Print Driver, IT administrators no longer need to qualify a new driver every time they add a printer or MFP to the network. In addition, the Global Print Driver allows IT administrators to pre-configure default settings before distributing them to users.
Unlike competitive print drivers, the Global Print Driver supports both Xerox and non-Xerox networked products that use standard PostScript, PCL 5 and PCL 6. With the Global Print Driver, printers are immediately functional when deploying the driver, and users see a consistent interface no matter which device they print from.