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FedEx Office to Offer Google Docs Printing

September 06, 2011
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FedEx Office has announced it has upgraded its cloud printing offerings to include printing from Google Docs, the software giant's online productivity suite. FedEx Office is the first to offer this type of inter-connectivity to Google's cloud application suite.

FedEx Office Print Online customers can transfer documents from their Google Docs account for printing and either have it delivered to their door or to a local FedEx Office location for pick-up. The FedEx Office Print Online application was launched in 2007 and today gets more than 250,000 unique visits on average per month.

"As the first national print retailer to offer cloud printing technology, we are excited to meet the growing demand for mobility with FedEx Office Print Online. Our enhanced solution makes Web-based printing easy, wherever you store your files," said Anthony Norris, vice president of digital access marketing at FedEx Office.

Google Docs is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to Microsoft's Office application for small business and personal use. While it lacks many advanced features of Microsoft's offering, it is offered for free and, as a cloud application, can be accessed anywhere with an internet connection.

In 2007, Adobe and FedEx Kinko's (as it was then known) caused an uproar in the printing community when Adobe released its Acrobat and Acrobat Reader software with a FedEx Kinko's button which sent the documents directly to a FedEx Kinko's location. Adobe eventually backed down and removed the button with an update.

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