Samsung and Canon Wish You ‘Appy Printing’

2014 looks to be a great year for innovative cloud technologies. Following the success of Pulse2014, CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, Germany has already started to cause a stir despite not even having started.

Ahead of its opening tomorrow, Samsung and Cannon have already teased some of what we can expect to see there.

Canon has announced that they will be showcasing the newest in technology as a service, with their their Print as a Service, though this sounds quite self-explanatory we will publish more on this as information becomes available.

Samsung on the other hand, have announced their newest development in SMB solutions; their Cloud Print solution.

Dr. KiHo Kim, Executive VP and Head of the Printing Solutions Business at Samsung said “With a full hardware line-up and strong product quality, we’ve achieved remarkable performance in the European business-to-business sector…In 2014, we will strengthen our value proposition to our business customers by focusing on solutions that help small and medium-sized businesses. As part of this strategy, we will launch the new Samsung Cloud Print that underlines our competitiveness in mobile printing.”

The app will become available for free download in June, and will first be available as an Android app. They are hoping to release the iOS version and windows Phone app later on in the year.  It will be able to support up to 20 printers and will be protected by KNOX, Samsung’s own end-to-end secure mobile security platform solution. Running on Microsoft Windows Azure’s cloud platform and Microsoft SharePoint, users will be able to print straight from their mobile devices as well as share files to many of Samsung devices including Television screens.

Bob Kelly, head of Windows Azure Marketing at Microsoft said: “In line with our commitment to serve enterprises and users in heterogeneous IT environments, we are pleased to work with Samsung to bring Microsoft’s trusted, cloud-enabled, enterprise BYOD capabilities to Samsung devices. Like Windows device users, Samsung mobile customers will now be able to take advantage of seamless authentication for access to enterprise resources, and Enterprise IT will be able to manage those devices and users through the cloud with Windows Intune. We are also excited to see Samsung use Windows Azure and Office 365 cloud capabilities to give users a smartphone printing experience that rivals desktop and laptop printing results, with Samsung Cloud Printing. We see many opportunities to collaborate with Samsung in the future to continue providing enterprise-grade solutions for BYOD environments.”