HP elevates printing to the cloud; print from anywhere, no drivers necessary

HP elevates printing to the cloud; print from anywhere, no drivers necessary

Summary: HP on Monday unveiled web-enabled, cloud-friendly printing solutions that allow anyone to print anything from anywhere in the world.

SHARE:

HP on Monday unveiled a web-enabled, cloud-friendly printing service that allows anyone to print anything from, well, anywhere.

The new platform, called ePrint, allows users to print from any device to a web-enabled printer using e-mail. Each printer gets its own unique e-mail address, and designated users can use their smartphone, tablet or laptop to print remotely -- no drivers necessary.

The cloud-based platform allows for several new things:

  • You can store files in the cloud and print them when necessary.
  • Publishers can customize print apps and schedule content delivery to printers.
  • You can manage everything from the HP ePrintCenter, an online hub.

Following the announcement, HP also announced a wealth of new web-enabled all-in-one printers for home and business.

They include:

  • HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One: Top-of-the-line model with wireless access to the web, advanced print apps (such as Fandango and Coupons.com), 4.3-inch TouchSmart screen and automatic two-sided printing. $199; available in September.
  • HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One: Midrange model with 3.5-inch TouchSmart screen. $149; available in August.
  • HP Photosmart e-All-in-One: Bargain model with 2.4-inch TouchSmart screen. $99, available late June in North America.
  • HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One: Fax, scan and copy with automatic document feeder; touchscreen; wired and wireless networking. $299, available worldwide in September.

This connectivity allows the printers to talk to the cloud and access Google Docs, Photos and Calendar directly. HP has also partnered with Yahoo, msnbc.com, Facebook, Live Nation, Crayola, Reuters, DocStoc and Google (Picasa) for apps.

Perhaps the most important part of the announcement has nothing to do with the consumer, at least directly. With web-connectivity, HP can now open a digital print advertising platform to pipe in premium content and "populate select print content with customized messages, promotions and information like coupons or local services."

The announcement is clear: printing's gone to the cloud. But in an age of mobility and portable computing devices, does it really matter?

Topics: Printers, Banking, Browser, Data Management, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Software

Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

9 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Ok, so this service they offer...

    Do you print and they send it to you over mail or what?

    George
    guiri
  • So SPAMMERS will be able to print on my printer

    It's not bad enough that I get email SPAM and junk faxes. HP has enabled these scoundrels to send colorful pieces of trash to my laser or inkjet printer. I can see how HP wins on this one (more supplies sales) but for customers this is surely a step in the wrong direction.
    Doug Pal
    • RE: HP elevates printing to the cloud; print from anywhere, no drivers necessary

      @dougn@...
      No, spammers will not be able to use your printer, unless you set it up to be accessible by them. Lots of ways to block that. You do have a firewall?

      In any case I assume that HP have thought about security.
      tiger99999
      • re: "You do have a firewall?"

        @tiger99999:

        dougn was right. HP will have contracts with these advertisers, and the SPAM is inserted directly into your print job -- by HP !!!

        No SPAM, no printout. But I see something even worse in Andrew's description of the Announcement: HP intends to inflict this SPAM on "select print content", so they're actually monitoring your print jobs.

        And if they're reading your print content, your privacy is gone-- HP can learn a vast amount of valuable information about you, and they can SELL that information to "interested parties" for money.

        THIS is why they bought WebOS: To put it into printers, as spyware.
        Rick S._z
      • RE: HP elevates printing to the cloud; print from anywhere, no drivers nece

        @tiger99999
        the WebOS sitting in your printer will take care of spamming your printer. ;-)
        --Ram--
        Ram U
  • RE: HP elevates printing to the cloud; print from anywhere, no drivers necessary

    The only way I would consider HP ads or iAds, is if they give me the printer or iPhone for free. Otherwise, I will -not- be a walking eco-slave. I hereby patent the idea of ad-clothing... shirts/pants/coats, etc., that display ads... now if I can make some ad-makeup, ad-sunscreen, ad-lotion, and ad-hair color...
    all your bodies are belong to ME.
    RpDnn
  • RE: HP elevates printing to the cloud; print from anywhere, no drivers necessary

    Unlike some in the tech field I do not see why we are putting more and more into the cloud when all of the isp's are saying limited bandwith availability I do not run programs other than a browser or email over the cloud, will never upgrade to office 2010 because it is in the cloud and it will be a cold day in *&^% when I print over the cloud.
    striker67
  • Can you imagine printing your tax return via the cloud?

    Rick and dougn read the message through the doubletalk, that HP will be harvesting information about everything you print via their service, and plug in ads wherever they feel like it. Imagine, you take a family picture of your kids, then when you print it out instead of your house in the background, there is a billboard saying "Drink Pepsi" behind them. Of course, for a small fee, HP will refrain from editing your printouts. But they won't stop storing them or data harvesting them.

    The only thing I'm really surprised about is that Google didn't think of this first, it's right up their alley!
    terry flores
    • And then you would find your printouts on google

      @terry flores
      Print to the cloud and eventually everything will end up on google servers.
      paul2011