Cloud Printing Service

What Does Cloud Printing Service Mean?

A cloud printing service is an electronic service that allows users to print from any device on a network.


Like other cloud services, a cloud printing service works on the principle of software as a service (SaaS) or remotely delivered solutions. In the case of a print service, there is a model where the system delivers the digital information to a network point where the printer can collect it.

Techopedia Explains Cloud Printing Service

While the idea behind this technology may sound simple, cloud printing services are actually a major innovation when it comes to helping users pair up digital devices and workstations, including smartphones and mobile devices, with physical printer stations. Before these kinds of systems, businesses and individual users hooked up printers to other devices with cables. However, cabled printing systems started to present extensive problems for many users. Many of these problems had to do with the software drivers or other compatibility tools for printing. In too many cases, the printer would not recognize an individual device. Print job queues in software applications were unable to effectively troubleshoot these situations, leading to a lot of frustration revolving around even very simple printing networks.

With cloud printing services, there is less of a need for specific software drivers linking a particular device to a printer. Instead, the printer can get the digital information directly from the cloud service, leading to a much more reliable printing service across a network composed of many different pieces of hardware. With cloud printing services, there is also the ability to print remotely from different locations.


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