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Aug 17 2011   9:09PM GMT

Fax? This Is 2011–Who Still Uses a Fax Machine?

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

Faxing is so yesterday. No. Actually, faxing is so 90’s. Aren’t we supposed to be all digital and paper free by now?

Sadly, the concept still comes up way more than I would like to admit. I cringe when I hear the words “just fax that back.” My response is, “Fax? This is 2011. Who still uses a fax machine?”

In rare–very rare–circumstances when it can’t be avoided I do actually own a fax machine. It’s just up in the attic and requires a whole household project just to retrieve it and set it up for use. My solution is to try and copy and paste my scanned digital signature and just email it back. Barring that, I will print it out, physically sign it, scan it back into my computer, then email it.

I am apparently not the only one who abhors fax machines, or having to print things out just so I can convert them back into digital form to send back. InterFAX is taking an important step in bridging the gap between the virtual office and the physical office with its industry-first integration with Google Docs.

A statement from InterFAX explains, “Leading industries depend on faxes for critical communications and to transmit important documents. Restaurant websites and portals rely on faxing to transmit orders for delivery, hospitals and health care providers depend on faxes to communicate, and the banking and insurance industries require faxed copies of critical documents. Internet faxing streamlines the process allowing documents to be faxed quickly from users’ computers.”

The integration with Google Docs provides a valuable time saving tool to InterFAX users. Where previously users would have to download files from Google Docs and convert them into a faxable format, now they merely need to click one button to fax. Additionally, the integration is extremely helpful for Gmail users as they can now view email attachments and fax them with just a few clicks.

Unfortunately, I am not really an avid Google Docs user, and I am not an InterFAX customer, but it is still nice to see things moving in the right direction–away from the archaic fax machine.

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