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December 9, 2010

Google Cloud Print solution revealed

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by Darren Allan

Along with the official unveiling of the Chrome operating system this week, which is set to be beta-tested by selected users via test notebooks, Google has also revealed its plans for cloud printing.

With Cloud Print, Google’s aim is to fashion a printing experience whereby any app on any device, be it smartphone, netbook, tablet or computer, can print to any printer, anywhere in the world.

Google explains that instead of relying on local drivers to print, apps will use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs. Cloud Print will then send the print job to the appropriate printer, and manage the process with the printing options the user has selected.

In a document overview of Google Cloud Print, the company states: “Google Cloud Print is a web service offered by Google. We expect other entities to provide their own cloud print services as well. Users associate printers with their Google Account via the service.”

“Printers are treated in much the same way as documents are in Google Docs. Therefore, it is very easy to share printers with your co-workers, friends, and family anywhere in the world. No need for complex network setups to make print sharing work! “

Of course, all this is some way down the line yet. Currently, the service is in beta, and all you can print is a test page on a Windows PC.

It’ll be a while yet before devices running the Chrome OS emerge – around the middle of 2011, in fact.

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