By Manny Sahu
In November 2019, Google announced that Google Cloud Print (GCP), will no longer be supported starting January 1, 2021.
This announcement impacts current GCP customers and those dealers offering GCP services to their customers as they must both find alternate cloud print solutions before the end of 2020.
What is Google Cloud Print and why do I care?
Google Cloud Print (GCP) is a service that allows users to print from any web-connected device. It routes print jobs between a computer, smartphone, or tablet and sends them to an internet-connected, cloud-ready printer.
If your organization is a heavy Chromebook user, then chances are your users are currently using GCP on their Chromebooks.
So, what happens on January 1, 2021?
As Google shuts down its GCP service, current GCP users will no longer be able to print from their devices. Not to worry though. Google has recommended several alternate print options.
Here are our recommendations:
For devices running Chrome OS e.g. Chromebooks
Google continues to add new print features to its Chrome OS in support for Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) which is becoming de facto industry standard for all print environments.
Our Toshiba devices support IPP and IPPS (IPP over HTTPS) printing. Hence, all our multifunction devices can be configured so that Chromebook users can print directly to Toshiba MFPs, and continue to use the print job attributes including finishing and paper tray options etc.
For more information, please refer to the Chromebook configuration document for Toshiba MFPs.
For non-Chrome OS platform e.g. Windows or MacOS etc.
Google recommends using the native printing infrastructure of respective OS platforms.
Toshiba MFPs support the print infrastructure for most platforms, such as V4 print driver on Windows, PostScript Printer Description (PPD) on MacOS, Airprint/Bonjour on iOS, and Mopria print service on Android. This allows our customers to continue to use Toshiba MFPs in their print environment.
Moreover, Toshiba’s e-BRIDGE Print & Capture mobile app for iOS and Android further improves the printing experience by allowing users to scan and print documents on their mobile devices from their cloud storage locations e.g. Dropbox, Box, Office 365, and Google Workspace, etc.
Please contact your Toshiba representative for more details on alternative solutions to Google Cloud Print.