Google is killing Cloud Print, the cloud-based printing solution that has been in beta...

Shawn Knight

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The Mountain View-based tech giant waived the white flag in a support document related to printing on Chrome devices.

Google launched Cloud Print – primarily as a way to print from Chrome OS – way back in 2010. Support for Windows devices was added in 2013 although oddly enough, Google never brought the service out of beta. Now that Chrome OS has native support for print services, Cloud Print is no longer really needed.

That said, it’s a potentially bad look for a company that has a reputation of canceling projects and will only serve as further evidence for those that disapprove of Google’s handling of such projects. It was just last week, in fact, that one game developer said some studios are afraid that Google “is just going to cancel it” (referring to Stadia, the company’s cloud gaming service).

What are your thoughts on the matter? Should Google take some flack over its decision to shut down Cloud Print or are they justified in their decision? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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It should have been local printing in the first place. One of my resistance to Chrome OS was Cloud Printing. I don't want Google spying on my personal documents through the process of sending files over the Google's servers just to print them. Sure Cloud Printing may be useful in other ways, but the computer is in the room. The printer is in the room. Why should I need the internet for direct printing? That's just stupid.
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Uncle Al

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Sooooo .... the lesson is to hold something you can't figure out in development long enough, and somebody else will solve the puzzle and let you off the hook. I wonder if Boeing is hoping for that with the MAX jets ...