Google Ends Cloud Print Service After Ten Years Of Beta Version

Google Cloud Print will shut down after 2020, following 10-year beta period

Cloud Print becomes the latest product to face Google death squad

Beginning January 1, 2021, devices across all operating systems will no longer be able to print using Google Cloud Print.

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. To that end, Google has pointed out that a number of new printing features have been added to Chrome OS over the past year and more are coming before the end of 2019. The features are- (a) Admin console interface for controlling multiples of CUPS-based printers for users, devices and managed guests by organizational unit.

The biggest problem with Google Cloud Print for users of any OS was the absolutely nightmare-ish and convoluted setup process that seemed to differ for just about every compatible printer on the market.

Google Cloud Print isn't quite as necessary now as it was ten years ago.

Google kept the Cloud Print in beta for 10 years, it could be a surprise for the people who are well organized and have great decision-making capabilities, but why Google has kept the service in Beta for so long and eventually discarded it, Google knows the best. "We recommend that over the next year, you identify an alternative solution and execute a migration strategy", a support document for Cloud Print said on Thursday.

Incidentally, IT Pro's own office relies on Google Cloud Print. Support for Windows devices was added in 2013 although oddly enough, Google never brought the service out of beta. Now both Chrome OS and Android natively support printer management.

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