In an interesting blog post, Mike Jazayeri, group product manager at Google, previewed a new Google project, Google Cloud Print, that would enable users to print to devices without having to install print drivers. Instead, Google Cloud Print would enable any application (Web, desktop, or mobile) on any device, including smartphones, tablets, and notebooks, to print wirelessly to any printer by sending print jobs via the Internet. Google Cloud Print will be part of Google’s soon-to-be released Google Chrome OS cloud-based operating system for netbooks; with this cloud-based operating system, computing resources such as software are shared and distributed via the Web.
Mr. Jazayeri notes that with virtually all printers today, users must install print drivers, which makes printing impossible for new devices such as smartphones. He notes in his blog post, “Since in Google Chrome OS all applications are Web apps, we wanted to design a printing experience that would enable Web apps to give users the full printing capabilities that native apps have today. Using the one component all major devices and operating systems have in common– access to the cloud– today we’re introducing some preliminary designs for a project called Google Cloud Print, a service that enables any application (Web, desktop, or mobile) on any device to print to any printer. Rather than rely on the local operating system (or drivers) to print, apps can use Google Cloud Print to submit and manage print jobs. 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.”