Last year, 2014, was a rather eventful year for the printer industry. Epson, for example, not only redid its entire small and medium-size business (SMB) WorkForce multifunction printer (MFP) line, but the revamps themselves were based on the Japanese printer giant’s new PrecisionCore printhead technology. In addition, Canon made an unprecedented move (for Canon, that is) by releasing a whole new line of SMB-friendly “Maxify” business office MFPs.
We also saw a slew of new mobile device-printing options, as discussed in this About.com “Mobile Printing Features â€“ 2014” article. While none of these features were actually new to 2014 (they’ve been lurking in the background for a few years now), a couple of them, namely Near-Field Communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi Direct, were widely deployed by a few printer makers last yearâ€”thereby providing direct access to MFP features without either the printer or the mobile device joining a network.
In any case, 2014 was, as I recall, the year of the high-volume business printer and easy-to-use wireless mobile protocols.
Read the entire article at About.com.