Considering how education-focused Chromebooks are, it’s genuinely surprising that it took this long for Google to improve its printing and scanning situation in a real way. No doubt the impending demise of Cloud Print was a deciding factor in finally starting these efforts. As the work is only just beginning though, it’s likely we won’t see Chrome OS’s Print Management app properly launch until Chrome OS 82 or 83 later this year.
Google Cloud Print is shutting down in December, which means schools are going to have to come up with another solution for printing. As much as we would like printing to go away, it’s going to be around for awhile.
It appears that Google is working on a better solution. Cloudprint, when it worked, worked really well. I’m hoping that whatever Google has planned will work just as well.