Cloud Printing The New Tablet PC Storm
How Does Cloud Printing Work?
The new buzzword in our increasingly technological world of tablets, smartphones, and other web-enabled gadgets is cloud printing; which, while it sounds atmospheric and difficult to grasp, is really a much more down-to-earth concept than you might think.
Above all the underlying technology floats one important theme: cloud printing helps you – the end-user – connect with the vast majority of different file types that may be sent to you from different sources, without needing the many different supporting equipment.
The Main Problem with Printing in a Tablet PC World
You’re probably aware that the sheer amount of data in the World Wide Web is vast beyond all measure; furthermore, this data comes in many different formats that can’t be read by any single printer lacking the appropriate drivers.
Whenever you download a document or picture from the web, for example, it’s more likely than not that the specifics won’t match what you your personal printer is capable of, given the range of possible options.
Your best bet, which doesn’t always work, is to download the appropriate software to read the information correctly.
The situation gets even worse with the competition between companies like Apple, Samsung and Google; their different mobile devices are synchronized with each other when it comes to printing data.
Cloud printing has the potential to solve all of these problems and many others not mentioned here; the service consists of a centralized location on vast virtual servers, which contain every driver you can think of – and plenty that you can’t! – already installed.
You can use your Android smartphone, or your Apple iPad, to send to a friend or colleague (and receive from either) the information you want to print. No matter where you are in the world, as long as you have access to an internet connection, cloud printing can be used to easily send information you want converted from the digital space to the physical.
The simplest way to explain it, then, is that cloud printing consists of using the internet to print your stuff, and of course to receive print jobs from elsewhere. All the tedious managing, sometimes prohibitively technical, is managed by the IT whizzes or computer software installed on the cloud.
Think of being in Rome on vacation, for example, and snapping beautiful photos of the Coliseum, then sending them to your home printer thousands of miles away via the cloud. No more waiting in line at a print shop; cloud printing allows you to simply click and send to your own printer at work or home, where it arrives after being formatted by the vast driver capacity of the virtual servers that comprise the cloud.
Cloud Printing is Really for the Computing Shift to Mobile
The industry numbers on computing device popularity are clearly pointing to a future dominated by mobile devices.
Laptops are replacing desktops for the on-the-go executive or student; tablet pcs and cell phones are becoming indistinguishable in their processing power and range.
Cloud printing extends the abilities of these small devices even further, requiring you to simple select the document you want printed, choose a printer on the network – or have the network discover one for you in many cases, based on your specifications – and set the printer driver (this can also be set for you on some cloud printers, with their search-enabled feature).
It will then be printed to any location you choose. It cuts down drastically on the personal infrastructure you would otherwise need, as well as the effort required, by outsourcing it to experts. It’s easy to see why cloud printing is the future.
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