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Google Unveils Cloud Printing

Gordon Kelly


Google Unveils Cloud Printing

One of the accusations labelled at Google's impending Chrome OS is that a completely Cloud-based approach doesn't address the eternal problem of driver support. Well now Google has an answer for that - partially...

It has announced "A new approach to printing":

"Rather than rely on the local operating system (or drivers) to print, apps can use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs," said Chrome OS group project manager Mike Jazayeri. "Google Cloud Print will then be responsible for sending the print job to the appropriate printer with the particular options the user selected, and returning the job status to the app."

Google admits the project is "still under development", but the code and documentation behind it have been made immediately available to developers. Initially Google will support Cloud Print by hosting third parties drivers itself, but the hope is over time manufacturers will build this support in natively.

So madness or genius? As the saying goes, there's a fine line. In theory a system which allows us all to forget the horror of drivers (and indeed driver updates) allowing us to print to any printer from any computer anywhere sounds incredible. Whether the reality pans out that way - and whether it'll work well for other hardware that requires drivers - is another matter entirely...


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