HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

Summary: Hewlett-Packard is promising that you won't have to worry about CDs or drivers to install a printer. The company also rejiggered its enterprise executives.

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Hewlett-Packard is promising that you won't have to worry about CDs or drivers to install a printer.

The company's HP LaserJet Pro line features "printing in as little as two minutes" by connecting a USB cable to any laptop, PC or netbook. HP calls this easy installation Smart Install, but you really have to wonder what took so long. Printers should have always just worked with anything with a USB port.

HP said the printers that feature easy installation include the HP LaserJet Pro P1100 series, the HP LaserJet Pro M1130/M1210 multifunction printer and the HP LaserJet Pro P1566/P1606dn. These printers, which turn themselves off when not in use, are aimed at small and mid-sized businesses. Prices range from $129 to $229. HP also rolled out a mobile scanner to scan documents in the field.

Separately, HP reshuffled executives in its enterprise business. The company appointed Thomas Hogan as executive vice president of sales, marketing and strategy for HP's enterprise business. Hogan used to lead HP's software group.

Among other moves:

  • Francesco Serafini will become executive vice president of HP's emerging markets unit. Serafini was the president and managing director of HP Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • Jan Zakak will take over for Serafini in HP EMEA.
  • Richard Geraffo Jr. will become managing director of the Americas for HP. Geraffo joins HP from VMware where he held a similar title. Geraffo replaces Tom Iannotti, who now leads HP's enterprise services unit.
  • Doraisamy Balu, senior vice president and managing director, HP Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), will retire June 30. He will be replaced by Piau Phang Foo, who led HP China.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Printers

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  • Don't blame the printers

    [i]The company?s HP LaserJet Pro line features ?printing in as little as two minutes? by connecting a USB cable to any laptop, PC or netbook. HP calls this easy installation Smart Install, but you really have to wonder what took so long. Printers should have always just worked with anything with a USB port.[/i]
    They do. I just bought a Brother laser printer to replace my old ([i]very[/i] old!) LaserJet 1200 and spent quite a while digging through the "quick install guide" with sections for MacOS and several versions of MS Windows, separate disks for all of them, etc. etc.

    No instructions at all for Linux, so contrary to the "[b]DO NOT PLUG IN THE USB CABLE UNTIL YOU INSTALL DRIVERS[/b]" warnings on every page, I took my life in my hands and plugged it in and tried a test page.

    There it was in the printer menu, all the usual print options, printed beautifully, total lack of drama.

    It's nice to see the Apple and Microsoft are starting to catch up. Too bad HP is having to do the heavy lifting for them.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • What are you talking about ?

      My Brother 5250DN installed perfectly without any discs on WinXP and Win7. The disks were only for setting up the printer as a network printer instead of a shared printer.

      "It's nice to see the Apple and Microsoft are starting to catch up. Too bad HP is having to do the heavy lifting for them."

      Yea, right. My Canon MP450 STILL won't work with Linux after about 5 years. I don't blame the Linux programmers, as Canon told me directly that they do not release the info needed to write the drivers for Linux, and they have no intention of writing drivers themselves.

      HP should have had Plug and Play for years, but for whatever reason they didn't. I guess now with money being tight they are trying to save some money by not having to include driver discs. Just like many new cell phones don't come with manuals anymore - you have to go to the mfg website and download a PDF.

      Like you said, though, HP (and other) laser printers 'just work' on Linux. That doesn't have anything to do with either MS or Apple, however. Purely an HP thing.
      babyboomer57
      • CUPS

        Goes back to HP's golden days of interoperability.
        tkejlboom
  • RE: HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

    I have installed hundreds of HP drivers in my life. and
    they can be a pain! But windows 7 isnt that bad actually.
    I really wish HP had come out with this years ago for
    windows XP. now...not so much of a big deal with 7.
    dspiral
    • RE: HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

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  • RE: HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

    hi,

    But are they still host-based printers that don't work on my OS/2 systems, and consume a lot of CPU processing in addition under Windows? Or do they accept raw Postscript streams?

    Mike
    mikeoconecs
    • RE: host-based?

      this was my first thought as well

      its amazing that no one else seems to be curious about this
      shadowscrawl
  • RE: HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

    They are really late to the party. Other printers work out of the box. Only HP printers of late, do you need a manual and an interpeter in order to print a document
    eargasm
  • A few clues

    So, as someone who used to work in HP's printer labs testing printers, I'll provide some context:
    1) Plug-and-play is a SYSTEM-wide thing. It has to have complete support from both a software AND a hardware end, meaning that there has to be a specification that ALL parties follow. Standards compliance is a challenge for some major players.
    2) Since you are dealing with a standard interface, you are also going to be limited to standard print options. Normally, the drivers control special functionality. Extending the capabilities is going to be all kinds of fun for the engineers. See SMTP for an idea where a similar one-method-fits-all infrastructure has faced challenges.

    I'm all in favor of standards and a driver-less architecture. On the other hand, I'm also a fan of advanced functionality that meets my needs, so I'll be interested to see where this goes.
    blarman_z
  • RE: HP launches plug and play printers; Shuffles enterprise execs

    It's about time. I have about 6 older HP printers ink and laser. They do not work well on all my machines due to drivers and mon usb connections. Plug and play is a dream to come true, maybe.
    echo0505@...
  • hpdrivers

    Thanks millions. I spent a few hours on the same problem with an HP PSC 1510. I downloaded the latest software. I did come across this fix earlier in the day on an HP website and tried a few other fixes. I was searching for that again, but I found your fix before I found their?s again.http://www.driverdownloadsinfo.com/ar/hp-printer-drivers.php
    arvin198624
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