Google Cloud Print Lets You Print To Any Computer In The World

Google Cloud PrintGoogle has unveiled their Google Cloud Print beta that will enable you to print to ANY printer that is connected to the Internet from ANY computer.

Print anywhere, from any device

With Google Cloud Print you could pick up your smart-phone, laptop, or iPad, or any computer and print a document no matter where in the world you are. Not to mention printer drivers are a pain, especially when you upgrade your computer or operating system. You might not have to ever worry about printer drivers again with cloud print enabled printers if you have them.

Google Cloud Print Technology

Google Cloud Print is technology that connects your printers to the web. You can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. It  works on your IPhone, Android Phone, IPad tablet, PC's, and any other web-connected device you want to print from to both Cloud Print enabled printer and also what Google calls classic printers.

There are obvious security concerns with Print Cloud. For one, your IT Department may not be happy with the fact that a third-party application might gain access to the corporate network and introduce security risks. Another issue is that Google already controls vast amounts of data through Gmail, Google Voice, and their search engine. Their cloud print service would mean they control even more data as all of the printed documents pass through their cloud. There would also have to be some control over user permissions. You would not want anyone to to be able to print to your printer.

Mobility with Google Cloud Print

With Google Cloud Print (or something similar) you might be able to print from any device. You might want to print a coupon that is on your TV, you could print the diagnostics test results from your car to your home printer, or even print photos directly from your digital camera without the need to hook it up to a computer.

In my tests, Cloud Print was a painless way to print from anywhere to your Cloud Print-enabled printers. The main thing to note is that if you don't have a Cloud Print ready printer that has the appropriate software installed on it and instead have a "Classic Printer" in Google terms, you must keep the computer that you installed Cloud Print on running if you want to print. If the computer happens to be powered down or be offline, Google will start the print job the next time that machine comes online.

Google Cloud Print is a great addition to our goal of becoming location independent. It's still in beta but definitely worth a try.

Article provided by Johannes Banck, CIO Computer Systems Support & Design.

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