Legacy Printers Support Coming Soon To Chromebooks

Chromebooks don’t support legacy classic printers, which is one of the biggest shortcomings of the ChromeOS. If you want to take prints on a Chromebook, you either need a wireless printer or should use the Google Cloud Print service – which requires the printer to be connected to a Windows or Mac computer.

If you have a HP printer, you can also use the HP 1200w NFC/Wireless Mobile Print Accessory, which adds wireless printing feature to most of the laser and inkjet printers by HP.

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To overcome this issue, Chrome team is now considering a new extension API which would allow manufacturers and developers to create a communication layer between printers and ChromeOS.
The developers would be able to create special extensions for the specific printers to deal with the printing jobs and showing “Print Preview” to the users. This will be a great relief for most of the Chromebook users including enterprises customers, as they would be able to use their classic printers.

Instead of adding tons of device drivers for supporting; classic printers, Chrome team has decided to follow this new approach of extensions, which sounds quite interesting. Developers should take a look on the proposed API documentation.

(h/t Francois Beaufort, Image credit: Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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Post last updated on September 7, 2014.

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