HP has unveiled a new category of web-enabled printing solutions designed for the cloud that will allow people to print from any email device to any new ePrint-enabled printer from anywhere in the world through the new HP ePrint platform.
The new solution will also let users store documents or files in the cloud and print direct when needed.
According to HP, it will let users transform their printers into publishing platforms from which they can customise print applications and schedule timed delivery of content directly to their home or business printers.
The printing experience can be managed and customised through the new HP ePrintCenter.
To showcase the new solutions, HP announced a suite of web-empowered e-All-in-One printers for home and business, the first printers able to "talk" to the "Google Cloud" without requiring a local proxy PC or web appliance.
Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice-president: Imaging and Printing Group at H, comments: "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. The world has changed."
The HP ePrint platform harnesses the cloud to break down the barriers of distance and connectivity and allow people to send the files they want to print from their mobile devices.
Every HP ePrint printer will have a unique simple e-mail address that allows the sender to deliver a print the same way they would send an e-mail message. Customers also can send documents to print through an HP ePrint mobile app on their smartphone device to a home, office or public print location.
Customers will be able to send Microsoft Office documents, Adobe PDFs and JPEG image files, among others.