One of the challenges with printing from the cloud and from Google Apps is the connectivity to your local printer. Currently you select the print format that you want and a PDF document is created and sent to your machine from here you can print the document. This is a clever method to get the document onto your machine but wouldnt it be nice if you could send the document direct to your printer or even to another cloud enabled printer some place else in the world….
Welcome to Google’s Cloud printing initiative , it would seem a new generation of printers which are cloud aware can be registered with with the google cloud print server which will allow you to send the documents directly to these registered printers.
On Google’s web pages they state the following
“Our goal is to build a printing experience that enables any app (web, desktop, or mobile) on any device to print to any printer anywhere in the world.
This goal is accomplished through the use of a cloud print service. Apps no longer rely on the local operating system (and drivers) to print.” Instead, apps (whether they be a native desktop/mobile app or a web app) use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs. Google Cloud Print is then responsible for sending the print job to the appropriate printer, with the particular options the user selected, and providing job status to the app.”
Whats interesting is that Google is having to invent new technology to suit its new Google OS model as its software will be running in the cloud , this appears to be the primary driver of the initiative , it will be interesting to see how many manufacturers will line up to create this category of printers. Google is expected to offer a legacy printer connectivity via some middleware to allow existing printers to still work but wont be optimised as the cloud specific printers are.
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