Cortado aims to offer a solution for Office iPad printing nightmare

With Microsoft releasing Office365 for iPad devices last week – not before time, some might say – amid the praise there was one key criticism: no printing functionality.

Enterprise mobility provider Cortado, however, claims to have a hack which changes that. Utilising the company’s ThinClient Cloud Printer technology and via a free app, iPad Office users can save a document to their OneDrive, then print to any printer in the vicinity which is connected.

No need to ensure the printer is AirPrint-accredited, nor the need to check whether you’re on the same network; connect any printer you want to the cloud, and so long as you’ve got an Internet connection, you can send any print job to the cloud.

Thien Nguyen, ThinPrint product manager at Cortado, explained how the opportunity came about.

“We have a very open API, so basically any file that can be printed and sent to our cloud will be processed in the cloud and made ready for any printer,” he told Enterprise AppsTech. “Now that Microsoft is not offering a printer option within its app, we thought that this is the opportunity to show everybody how easy it can be to print with Cloud Printer.”

Enterprise AppsTech was privy to a demo, and the result spoke for itself:

Success!

Even though a lot of Cortado’s focus is on enterprise mobility and BYOD these days, the company has heritage in this area, being formerly known as ThinClient as well as membership of the Cloud Printing Alliance.

Nguyen sees Microsoft launched Office365 for iPad as “a very good solution to work mobile”; however, there is a white elephant in the room. VDI, desktop as a service, cloud desktops, call it what you will – if you can log in to your device and get your desktop functionality, who would need an app to print in the cloud?

Nguyen isn’t so bothered. “In complex environments, a cloud desktop is a great solution,” he said. “If you have to do basic editing or anything else, you can also use the native client.

“It’s good for the end customer because they have a lot of opportunities to get to their files and edit them on the go on their iPads.”

An explanation of how the product works for Office365 and the iPad can be found here. But what do you make of it?

 

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