Leading Printer Manufacturer Alliance sets
de facto Standard for Cloud Printing
Brother, Dell, Funkwerk, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita and OKI sign alliance agreement with Cortado to bring true mobile cloud printing to the market
(Berlin/Hannover, CeBIT, March 1, 2011) Cortado, the mobile division of ThinPrint, is announcing the formation of the Cloud Printing Alliance to allow mobile cloud printing to any printer, anytime, anywhere for smartphone and tablet users. Open to printer manufacturers, manufacturers of network equipment and hotspot providers such as hotels, the first members of the Cloud Printing Alliance include Brother, Dell, Funkwerk, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita and OKI.
As the founder of the Cloud Printing Alliance, Cortado is contributing its Cortado Workplace technology, the leading and free cloud printing solution with 100,000 customers worldwide. Cortado Workplace enables documents to be printed directly from smartphones and tablets to any Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled printer. Cortado Workplace is the only cloud printing solution that works regardless of the device, printer or file type and is not PC dependent.
Prior to the establishment of the Cloud Printing Alliance, Cortado already supported thousands of printer models and hosted over 5,000 printer drivers. Through the cooperation of Brother, Dell, Funkwerk, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita, OKI and others, Cortado is helping to further enable cloud printing solutions. With the partnership, new printers from the Alliance members can be used immediately and mobile printing with these devices is supported by using selected printer drivers. Devices from Cloud Printing Alliance members are certified as ‘Cortado Cloud Printing Ready.’
“With this alliance we are setting a new standard for cloud printing. Customers can use a variety of devices and do not need to purchase specialized cloud printing printers, or even turn on a computer to print,” says Carsten Mickeleit, CEO of ThinPrint AG. “We are delighted and proud that renowned manufacturers such as Brother, Dell, Funkwerk, Konica Minolta, Kyocera Mita and OKI are using our cloud printing solution . Customers of these manufacturers will know that the printers they trust will always be supported.”
In addition to leading printer manufacturers, the Cloud Printing Alliance will enhance cooperation with router manufacturers. The BinTec Hotspot Gateway, designed for professional use by Alliance member Funkwerk, has been thoroughly tested and certified as ‘Cortado Cloud Printing Ready.’
Additionally, Cortado is on course to invite hotspot providers to participate in the Alliance. The Cortado cloud printing services present an interesting possibility for hotspot providers to enhance their product offering.
“By providing our cloud printing functionality, manufacturers and companies can expand the business functionalities of hotels or lounges,” Frank Hoffmann, Director Strategic Relationships at ThinPrint AG. “Existing Wi-Fi products for customers in these places can be scaled to include mobile printing services for smartphones and tablets, all in a matter of minutes and with no technical effort required.”
Cortado Workplace is available as a free app in all popular app stores. The cross-platform solution is available for Android, BlackBerry and Symbian devices as well as iPhones and iPads. In addition to the cloud printing function, Cortado Workplace acts as a central cross-device file system.
Learn more about Cortado Workplace here: www.cortado.com/workplace
Find out more about the Cloud Printing Alliance at: www.cloud-printing-alliance.de
This press release, along with images are available at: www.cortado.com/press
Cortado. A Division of ThinPrint
Cortado combines the entire computing expertise of ThinPrint AG to create mobile communication solutions. The mobile business expert’s vision is complete independence from location-bound workplaces and computer-based communication methods. The core of the Cortado solutions is the company’s Virtual Desktop Processes technology (VDP). Unlike other providers, Cortado does not transmit the complete desktop to the mobile device. Instead, the BlackBerry, iPhone, Android, etc., smartphone is outfitted with individual PC functions optimized for the small screen display and is thereby transformed into a full-fledged workstation. Cortado’s VDP products are available both as in-house solutions and cloud services. The Cortado portfolio is rounded out by individual business apps and solution hosting from well-established third-party providers such as Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint. Security-certified hosting centers in the USA and Germany guarantee highest availability and security of all hosted services and customer data. Thanks to ThinPrint AG’s extensive experience as the worldwide leading provider of printing solutions for wide area networks, Cortado has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Australia, as well as a close-knit network of partners around the globe. Cortado acts as a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Nokia Forum Pro member, and a top BlackBerry Select Alliance Partner. Working closely together with over 20 carriers worldwide, ThinPrint´s mobile division is an established, professional partner and service provider for mobile business users and private users alike.
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