Cloud Print becomes the latest product to face Google's death squad

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In this scenario, a printing service that can manage all these different devices at once will be necessary and costly.

In the intervening years, printer providers added support for Cloud Print, which will soon die. Which, of course they do. Beginning January 1, 2021, devices across all operating systems will no longer be able to print using Google Cloud Print.

One user said "Google should consider open sourcing the entire Cloud Print project", while others said the move was indicative of the modern office's move towards a paperless office.

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Some people will find this to be a massive bummer, though in Google's defense, printing over networks and the cloud has become far more easier in recent years than it was a decade ago.

In an update to a help centre article, Google has silently announced that they will be ceasing the Cloud Print service from December 31 2020. Before it's shut down, Google will roll out support for external CUPS print servers, including an authentication policy to configure connections to external CUPS print servers, as well as APIs for third parties to access print job metadata, submit print jobs, and add printer management capabilities.

The preferred alternative is using the operating system's native printing functions, such as on Windows.

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The following native print management features are now or will be supported by Chrome OS by the end of 2019.

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