As we kick off this final month of 2020, it’s a good time for Chrome Enterprise users to remember that Google Cloud Print deprecates this month. If you use it and haven’t yet migrated to a new solution, you need to make this change ASAP.
As of Jan. 1, 2021, Google Cloud Print “will no longer be supported and devices across all operating systems will not be able to print using Google Cloud Print.” This includes Google Chrome Enterprise users who have relied on Cloud Print. Don’t worry. There are alternatives that still ensure secure cloud computing.
Printing for Chrome Devices
Google Cloud recommends that users who use Chrome devices set up an open-source Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) for printing to local and network printers. CUPS uses an Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to do this. This means you can print without setting up Google Cloud Print on your network. CUPS allows you to:
- Set user-printing defaults for two-sided and color printing
- Include user account and file name in the IPP header over a secure IPPS connection to enable third-party printing features, including secure print and print-usage tracking
- Set up advance printing attributes, such as stapling, paper-tray selection and pin printing
- Enable PIN-code printing management that allows users to enter a PIN when sending a print job and release the print job for printing when they enter a PIN on the printer.
- Create extension APIs for third-parties to access print job metadata and submit print jobs
- Receive support for external CUPS print servers, including authentication
- Set policies to configure connections to external CUPS print servers
- Use APIs to provide printer-management capabilities
Using a CUPS system is simple. When you add a printer, you can specify a printer for company-wide use or for users or devices in certain departments or groups. The assigned printers will automatically appear in your users’ list of printers. They don’t need to do any further setup and can print immediately once they select it from the list.
Solutions for Other Operating Systems
We understand that not all organizations have gone to a full Chrome environment and might rely on devices using other operating systems including Windows, iOS and Linux for example. For other devices or multi-OS scenarios, Google Cloud recommends relying upon the respective platform’s printing infrastructure or working with a printing partner.
These recommended partners include DirectPrint.io, LRS, NT-ware, PaperCut, Pharos, PrinterLogic, Printix and Y Soft. Services from these partners can be set up using the Google Admin Console. You can create an Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) based print queue to send print jobs via the network. Or add the printer using an extension.
Jan. 1, 2021 will be here sooner than you know it. You still have time to deactivate cloud print and migrate to a new printing solution before you start the new year. The Onix Chrome team is available to answer any questions you might have about the next steps to take.