Recent years have seen a great emphasis on storing items in the cloud, for reasons of portability and data security. A greater dependence on the cloud can ease one’s life greatly, as cloud services can store personal data, apps and settings, and have it synchronize with all your internet enabled devices. However, the concept of sharing actual , physical hardware devices is something that hasn’t been explored until now. However several manufactures are making huge strides in this field; each with unique installations.
What is cloud printing?
Cloud Printing as the name suggests, is a technology which enables you to print remotely using a printer that is connected to the internet. Newer printers that come enabled with internet access, can act as stand-alone devices, capable of receiving print jobs from the remote servers, while older printers can replicate this function by using a computer connected to the web. What this essentially means, is that you send out your photos and documents for print from virtually any device in the world and have the hard copy ready when you get home. Or, you could turn in a hard copy of your work-documents from the comfort of your home.
Though the idea isn’t completely new, configuring a printer on a network used to be a very tedious process. Newer solutions and offerings like Google Cloud Print (GCP) have made this entire process dead simple. All you need is a Google account ( your existing Gmail account should do just fine) and an internet connected computer with Google Chrome and you’re good to go. HP has a similar offering called ePrint, and Fed-Ex’s mobile printing lets you print a file on any of Fed-Ex’s printers for a small fee. In fact Fed-Ex’s has integrated the various cloud printing services from Google, and Breezy, a company that specializes in remote or mobile printing.
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