Top News for the Week of 11/11/2013
This week there was lots of product news out of Sharp America, which held its annual dealer meeting earlier this week. New from Sharp are “Advanced” MFPs which feature cloud and mobile connectivity, and lower-priced “Essentials” MFP configurations, as well as Cloud Portal Office (for the Advanced line), and more. Last week, we reported that Sharp America’s parent company, Sharp Corporation of Japan, reported its first quarterly profit in two years, so things seem to be looking up at Sharp.
- Dell introduces interesting new hardware called “Document Hub” that features print from and scan to the cloud. One of the A4 desktop MFPs’ innovative features is that, from the control panel, users will be able to simultaneously search across multiple cloud sites (such as Box, SharePoint, etc.) for a stored document.
- Konica Minolta fills out the lower end of its MFP lineup with four new monochrome bizhub A3 MFPs with it Open Platform.
- Sharp also announces its “next-generation” MFP lineup that feature “Advanced” and “Essentials” configurations. Find out what’s considered “essential” after the jump.
- Sharp is (finally) entering the desktop color MFP segment in the Americas with its new A4 MX-C250 and MX-C300W MFPs.
- A busy Sharp rolls out Cloud Portal Office, a cloud-based solution that is used for accessing and sharing documents from PCs and mobile devices.
- Xerox launches a secure mobile printing solution and enhanced Managed Print Services with Content Management Services. Thankfully, the mobile-printing solution is secure and manageable but this usually meant servers to maintain and the staff to maintain them. Thankfully, there is a cloud-based alternative.
- More good news for one of the (formerly) greatest U.S. companies ever: Kodak reports a smaller loss for its third quarter compared to its third quarter a year ago.
- MakerBot has launched a campaign to bring free 3D printers to America’s classrooms. However, keep in mind that the printers will not ship with any bundled software and will require software from Autodesk, a company that is known for its notoriously expensive software.
- Interesting news from the “God Zone” as Brother New Zealand announces that it’s partnering with Konica Minolta to jointly market product lines.
- It takes a lot of you-know-what to sue a state attorney general, but that’s just what MPHJ Technology – known for aggressively enforcing its scan to email patent – is doing.