According to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide page volume from digital hardcopy devices decreased to 2.98 trillion in 2012 from 3.03 trillion in 2011, a decline of 1.5% year over year. It is expected that worldwide page volume will remain flat up to 2017.
With mobile printing technology continuing to grow, print volumes may be boosted by mobile device users. Smartphone and tablet users now have the capability of printing from their mobile devices, which in theory will only help feed the need to print. While many are not yet taking advantage of this capability (50% of smartphone users and 35% of tablet users revealed they do not know how to print from their mobile devices), this should increase as users learn how to take advantage of this technology.
According to IDC, more than 50% of smartphone and tablet users are expected to utilise mobile printing in the office by 2015.
So while our use of the printed page does seem to be slowly declining, the paperless office isn’t quite ready to become a reality.
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