Following Google Cloud Print, HP is only too aware that there's a revolution going on in computing, and that online print services are the shape of the future. 'We are once again revolutionizing printing to make web-empowered, cloud-enabled printing the new industry standard,' said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. 'We know that our customers want an easy way to print their content, anywhere, anytime. We're making that a reality today by giving people the power to print from any web-connected device - smartphones, iPads, netbooks and more - to any printer in our portfolio above $99. The world has changed.'
From e-mail to printer
By effectively giving each and every printer its own e-mail address, users can send documents directly to a printer from any portable web-connected device. The new range of HP printers is also directly compatible with Google's cloud-based services (docs, photos, diary) with no need for a local proxy PC or a web appliance.
HP ePrintCenter: online print services
This online platform can be used to access all of HP's print services, including device setup, tracking ePrint jobs and programming scheduled print tasks.
Print app partners
Developers from all kinds of companies are currently working on print apps. Until then, Google Docs can be used to scan and print documents; Box.net to scan, share, manage and access business content online; and Biztree to access business forms like invoices, contracts, receipts etc.
The new range of web-connected Photosmart e-All-in-One printers will all have touch-screens. Four new models are up for release, aimed at both business and home use:
- HP Photosmart Premium e-All-in-One: expected to be available worldwide in September 2010 for approximately $199.
- HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One: expected to be available worldwide in August 2010 for approximately $149.
- HP Photosmart e-All-in-One: expected to be available later this month in North America for approximately $99.
- HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-All-in-One: expected to be available worldwide in September 2010 for approximately $299.
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