Chrome, Cloud Print finally get a proper handshake

Google may be all about the cloud, but that doesn't mean the company is ignoring the dead tree business. Cloud Print now offers saving, sharing, and more remote printing options than before, and comes fully integrated in to Chrome.

Google's Cloud Print now is the default print manager in Chrome.

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Google's remote printing feature called Cloud Print got a big boost with Chrome 16, the company announced today. Cloud Print now comes directly integrated into the browser, along with a host of useful changes to the service.

The update expands Cloud Print into a more robust tool, which Google said has more than 6 million connected printers and numerous Android and iOS apps to support it since its debut in April. Along with the Chrome integration, the new Cloud Print update gives Chromebook users a full, traditional Print Preview option, and the service now lets you save Web pages such as receipts and confirmation pages to Google Docs.

Cloud Print now can share and control printer access; its interface has been tweaked to be more tablet-friendly; and the Print button has been developed into an element that site designers can add independently to their Web sites.

Hitting Control+P (or Command+P on a Mac) will now default to the Cloud Print interface, although your local printer will still be selected. Cloud Print is an option from the drop-down on the left, and there's an option below it to choose to run the print job through your operating system's print manager.

A Google spokesperson clarified that Chrome previously had limited Cloud Print integration that depended on a Web app or Chrome extension, but it didn't use the browser's print flow directly. This means that both Chrome the browser and the Chrome OS have identical Cloud Print workflow.

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