I’m quite sure that people sitting in their offices 20 some years ago could only dream of the technology many of us have available to us now – flat screen displays on virtually every desktop, laptops and tablets so thin and light they look like something from a sci-fi movie. Undoubtedly back then they would have believed that with all this fantastic technology at our fingertips the “paperless office” would surely be a reality – but I’m sitting at my desk right now surrounded by paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, I have to confess to being one of those people who likes to print things off, highlight paragraphs and adorn it with my own illegible scribbles. So yes, all of the technology has helped to reduce the amount of paper we use, but at the end of the day we still want the odd piece of paper to clutch in our hands from time to time. However, one of the biggest disadvantages with printing is that most mobile devices aren’t able to print to a local networked printer, or an internet-connected printer – that is, until now …
Google Cloud Print allows you to set up your home or work PC to accept print jobs from a mobile device or a Google Chrome netbook from around the world. As long as the device is linked to your Google Cloud Print account, you can print to your home or work printer wherever you have an Internet connection. It can do this because instead of storing the printer driver on your computer, Google Cloud Print stores it in the cloud. This means you can print from a device regardless of which OS it’s using. Good news for printing from your mobile device.
HP’s portfolio of web connected and cloud-aware ePrint printers are the first to support Google Cloud Print, making printing from any web, mobile or desktop app that supports Google Cloud Print a cinch. Apps supported by the Google Cloud print today include Gmail for Mobile, Google Doc for Mobile and Chrome OS, but expect many more to follow as the service becomes more established.
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