HP Ushers in New Era of Consumer Printing with Full Suite of Print Solutions

Collaboration with AOL, Flickr and Others Makes Printing from the Web Easier for Consumers

PALO ALTO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 8, 2009 — HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced a series of new relationships and solutions designed to open up web printing to the masses by enabling people to print customized content how, when and where they choose.

  • HP is partnering with AOL to bring embedded print customization tools to AOL sites.
  • An agreement between HP and Flickr, a division of Yahoo! Inc., will expand print services for Flickr members worldwide through Snapfish by HP.
  • HP Apps (applications) come alive with the launch of the HP App Studio, featuring everything from informative news content to movie tickets, maps and fun activities for children.
  • New HP App partners announced today and rolling out over coming months include Disney, CNET.com, 60 MINUTES, Flickr and Tabbloid.
  • HP brings web-connected printing to the home with the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web available on www.hp.com starting this week and at Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot and OfficeMax stores nationwide as well as Amazon.com throughout the fall.

“With the explosion of digital content on the web, our goal is to enable consumers to print anywhere, anytime,” said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “Today’s announcement is a major step forward in our Print 2.0 strategy, we knew the web would be the future of the printed page and now, with 50 percent of everything that is printed coming from the web, we are embarking on a new era of consumer printing.”

Online communities expand print capabilities

HP is working with AOL to embed the Tabbloid publishing service across the AOL network – including its RSS feeds – allowing people to print customized newsletters tailored to their interests.

Flickr, one of the world’s largest photo sharing communities, will expand its print offering and experiences for members through Snapfish.

First web-connected home printer makes its debut with new Print App partners

In time for the holiday season, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web is now available online and in stores for $399.(1) This ultimate all-in-one device not only offers versatility with print, fax, copy and scan functionalities but also provides on-demand, one-touch access to relevant, printable content from the web in a convenient format.(2)

HP is introducing a selection of new Print App partners over the next few months, including:

  • Disney Online and its websites Disney.com and DisneyFamily.com, offering coloring pages and craft projects from a choice of renowned characters, such as a Disney Princess, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and Handy Manny as well as fun recipes for the entire family.
  • CNET.com for product reviews of the latest tech gadgets and gift guides.
  • CBS News for text versions of 60 MINUTES.
  • Flickr, to allow members to access and print their photos directly from the printer.
  • Tabbloid for creating and printing customized newsletters by selecting any combination of RSS feeds from favorite blogs and websites.

These new apps will join a host of partners from the world of entertainment and news that were announced in June and will be preloaded onto the printer. The apps are from companies including USA TODAY, Google (maps and calendar applications), Coupons.com, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, Web Sudoku, Weathernews Inc., Snapfish.com and HP Creative Studio.

The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web ships to customers in a stylish reusable bag to reduce packaging for minimal waste.

HP App Studio empowers consumers to customize their printers

HP App Studio is a web destination where customers can view and rate Print Apps and suggest ideas to ensure the development of a compelling selection of HP Apps for everyday printing.

HP will be working with select developers such as Kurt Noble Incorporated (KNI) and companies such CashStar, FreePrintable.net and MovieTickets.com to create Print Apps using HP’s open application programming interface.

New HP Photosmart printers feature intuitive touch technology

The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web will join a new line of sleek, black Photosmart printers at a variety of prices. <

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