HP announced several new web connected products along with the HP ePrint service at the commencement of Internet Week New York this morning, at the Metropolitan Pavilion Headquarters.
The announcements included four new Photosmart printers but the real focus was on HP’s introduction of the “future of printing” web-enabled printing solution, the HP ePrint platform.
“It’s all about the internet… when we look at what’s happening in the printing, the internet printing is going very rapidly. In fact, by next year, there will be more printing from the web then from word processing,” said Vyomesh “VJ” Joshi, HP Imaging & Printing Group Executive Vice President. “The new world is all about the web connected devices… it’s all about how can I can print anytime.”
The ePrint platform allows users to print to any HP web connected printer from any application, any device, anywhere by giving each of the newly announced devices an e-mail address. Users will then be able to print from any device that has e-mail access by simply inputting the printer’s unique e-mail address.
All new HP printers sold for $99 or above will feature the ePrint platform allowing all HP customers – consumers, SMB and enterprise alike – to print custom content from the cloud.
ePrint also allows customers to print from devices that previously wouldn’t allow printing, such as the Apple iPad, as well as to foreign printers such as a hotel printer or a FedEx Office store.
Along with the ePrint Platform comes the HP ePrintCenter, an online hub for users to register products, track their ePrint jobs, configure device settings remotely, and browse all print applications. HP also announced the Scheduled Delivery service for the HP ePrintCenter, allowing customers to preset content to be printed at the same time every day or week.
At the conference, HP’s partner, Google, announced their new service, Google Cloud Print, to be launched in the fall of 2010. This latest service allows customers to print from any application on any device on any of the cloud printers or legacy printers.
The Google Cloud Print will be available in the fall of 2010.