Google Cloud Print

Interesting architecture choice for printing in Chrome OS.
Since Chrome OS is meant to be lightweight and reliable, it cannot deal with the complexity of a printing sub-system and drivers. So instead, it goes from the device through the cloud and back to the printer.

This is an intriguing and original technical design, but I am not quite convinced about the feature.
Printers need to be made cloud-aware, either directly or through some adapter (like a PC). Would printer makers adopt this new standard?
Would users really care about printing remotely (you still need to be physically present to pick up the print out)?
What about privacy, security and usability implications of connecting your printer to the internet?

Update: Schneier shares similar concerns over security and spam of HP’s email-to-print design.


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