Forget wireless printing. Forget 3D printing (oh, yes please).
What's the latest thing you need to know about when it comes to printing? Printing in the cloud with Google, that's what.
Harnessing the power of cloud computing technology – the hosting of data on the internet – Google Cloud Print is being hailed as the next big thing.
Well according to an article over at PC Advisor, it's easy to install, cost-effective and opens up a number of new printing possibilities.
How it works
Google Cloud Print allows users to print anything (well, almost anything), from anywhere, and from any device.
Connecting your printer to the web, Cloud Print allows you to send documents to print to any Google cloud-connected printer.
What this means is that you don't have to be in the same room as your printer. You could be in another building altogether – even in another country.
Working from smartphones, PCs, tablets and Chromebooks, Cloud Print means as long as you can connect to the web, you can print.
Controlling everything from your Google account, users can send to print with a single click, and manage print jobs.
And why is it so good?
Because it gives you greater freedom. According to PC Advisor, you can print from Chrome and a number of apps available on Android and iOS. It means you don't need to be sat at your desktop with your printer hooked up directly next to you. You can more or less print anything from anywhere.
"Take a photo on your phone and send it to print at home to show your partner where you are, for instance," the website suggests.
"Or if you are working on the way to the office, you can send amended files ahead and they'll be on the printer when you arrive."
Easy to set up?
Easy peasy. All you need is a printer and a Google account. A Google account is free, so if you aren't signed up yet it won't cost a penny.
What's more, Google Cloud Print should work with any printer. So if you've an old HP inkjet stuck in the garage, it's likely it'll work.
However, PC Advisor points out that it is easier with a Google Cloud Print Ready device.
The machines are ready to go, and register themselves directly with the Google Cloud Print service over your home or office's wireless network.