You heard that right. The Amazon Kindle Fire can now print. But that’s just the beginning because the new Kindle Fire HD and HDX 7” HD (2013) and the 7″ and 8.9″ HDX tablets are built for more than just fun; they are now made for productivity. A new wireless printing system integrated into the Fire OS 3.1 update allows users to find and print to nearby printers. If you are willing to wait, an automatic update will be available for your new Kindle Fire in a few weeks. But if you don’t want to wait, you can download it now by using the Kindle Fire Updates page.
In addition to wireless printing, Amazon has also included the ability to preview Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. VPN support plus Email and Calendar syncing (Exchange) should make your company’s IT department a little happier. Together, all of these features should lead to more people bringing their Amazon tablets to work.
From a marketing standpoint, Amazon is still underplaying productivity with only a separate “Kindle For Work” web page. They are focused on how the Kindle Fire will enhance how you consume books, videos and games with the improved processor, screen and speakers – perfect for the holidays.
This makes sense considering how my family uses the Kindle Fire at home. It’s the most used “lean back” (content consumption) device in our house for reading books, watching videos and playing games. It’s probably used more than our TV. With the recent additions of wireless printing and the MSOffice apps, I’m looking to use it as a “lean forward” (productivity) device at work. Sorry kids, looks like Dad’ll be bringing the Kindle Fire HDX to work and on trips.
I’ve been using the Kindle Fire HDX for a few weeks and thought that I would share some ways to use it productively at home, work or on-the-go:
Tip #1: Print Your Day: Emails, Events and Contacts can now be printed. Just find the print option from the drop down menu in the upper right corner to produce a convenient hard copy. So far I’ve printed out long meeting agendas from the Notes section or honey-do lists emailed to me from my better half.
Tip #2: Print Your Work: Amazon has included a free version of the OfficeSuite App so you can view and print Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files to a nearby printer. Open an attached Microsoft Office file or access them from your Amazon Cloud account.
Tip #3: See it, Print It: Ever been in a meeting with notes and ideas on the conference room whiteboard? Snap a quick photo of it and print out copies to a nearby Epson printer to share with the team or those unable to attend. It’s a great way to capture insight shared during a meeting.
Kindle Fire Printing is a big productivity booster in a small package. Welcome to work Amazon Kindle.
How about you? Any mobile printing tips to share?