Mobile User, Meet Universal Printer Driver

Mobile User, Meet Universal Printer Driver

If you’re part of the mobile workforce (and in 2013, the majority of US workers are), you know that printing a document from your mobile device can be challenging, to say the least. Mobile devices are growing in popularity, but that doesn’t mean that mobile OS manufacturers have made great strides in ensuring that mobile devices get the Windows printer drivers they’re looking for.

Mobile Devices Won’t Slay The Paper Beast

Computers, especially mobile devices, have decreased the need for paper documents, but don’t say hello to the “paperless office” just yet. There are many circumstances that require paper copies, and there’s no getting around that yet.

Take for example, a contract. If you’re a salesperson and you want to make the sale, you need a signature. In purchasing, contracts and other legal transactions, an electronic signature is often not acceptable. While you may have the contract on your mobile device, and ready to go at a moment’s notice, having the document on your device and making it come out of a printer can be two very different things!

In the past, printing to a printer meant that you had to have the printer-specific driver loaded onto your computer or notebook. For the mobile worker, this poses a challenge, because you might not know what your next printer looks like, where it is, or who made it. That makes the challenge of having the right printer driver almost insurmountable.

Enter the universal printer driver for mobile devices. Universal printer drivers help ensure that you can find, connect to and print from printers as a guest on just about any network. Most major hardware manufacturers have universal printer drivers available, and this means you can print to any printer, regardless of vendor from your device.

Universal printer drivers can detect your location and scan for printers on your network; identify the availability of the printers on the network; display available printer options; deliver a simple, recognizable and consistent user interface, so you always know what you’re doing; display a list of recently used printers and more.

These features are indispensable for the mobile worker, and save both time and effort on the part of the user and on IT technicians who might otherwise need to help out. If you’re using a Windows 8 device, printing is even easier, thanks to changes in the new OS made just for mobile workers.

Driver Detective, a driver management software package, is compatible with Windows 8 devices and can help ensure that you always have the driver you need, regardless of the device you’re using. Driver Detective monitors your drivers for updates, and can download and install new versions of your drivers seamlessly. Download your copy of Driver Detective today and take charge of your mobile computing environment.

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