Before we read about cloud printing, it is essential to know what exactly is cloud computing. Cloud computing technology enables its users to work independently on computing resources that are available or accessible from a specific location or from a specific device. Computer resource from a centralized location provides accessibility to remote computers at different locations using internet connectivity. Service provides like Google, Apple and Microsoft use centralized resources to store the data of its users which can be accessed by any device with internet connectivity. Cloud computing therefore helps users to access their data from any location at any time.
Cloud printing follows the same concept and enables printing through the web. If a computer or any device has access to internet, it can send print jobs to a printer, irrespective of the location of the printer. The advantage of cloud printing is that it eliminates the need to install print drivers or to check the compatibility of the device with the printer. Cloud already has readily installed drivers required for all printers that are linked with the cloud. Printers that are cloud enabled are able to directly connect to the internet without having any specific set up from a personal computer.
For cloud printing to be enabled, a user has to register the printers to avail this service that allows the servers located at the end of the service provider to send the printing job directly to the printers. It is also possible to make classic printers cloud ready, by connecting it to an internet enabled computer in which a software connector has been already installed. It is this software connector that helps the printer to connect to the cloud. Cloud providers and cloud enabled printer manufacturer's work in the printing industry.
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