Lightroom - why no print, no publish, no plugins, no ... ?

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Print, publish and plugins appear to only be available on Lightroom Classic, but Lightroom Classic is for all practical purposes tied down to a single computer (a laptop, a desktop, but just one).  This is a very unfortunate limitation. 
I find it unfathomable how Lightroom architecture could be so tightly coupled to the choice of storage - cloud or local, and how features are so dramatically different between the two current versions.  
I had been hoping to be able to work more or less seamlessly across Lightroom and Lightroom Classic, but it seems like every week I find yet one more issue that makes working across the two difficult or impossible.
This leaves me increasingly concerned that using Lightroom cloud version could be increasingly painting me into a corner that a) limits what I can use Lightroom for, and b) makes it increasingly difficult to move work done in the cloud version of Lightroom back to the desktop Lightroom Classic.
If I want to print, publish and use plugins, am I more or less wasting my time trying to use the cloud Lightroom, or have I missed something important that would allow more flexible interoperability and portability across devices/platforms?
If I want to print, publish and use plugins, what is the value proposition for the rather expensive cloud storage?
What am I missing?
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David Janson

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Carlos Cardona

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There is no extra value to Lightroom Cloudy, unless you’re a workgroup with separate offices, or you don’t edit deeply, maybe just for Instagram? There are ways to use another computer with Classic, look up suggestions on lightroomqueen.com.
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David Janson

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Thanks Carlos for the reply.  That is certainly what it looks like.  I was hoping I had overlooked something.  I am puzzled why the ambitious (and pricey) push into cloud storage was done with a rather unambitious version of the product.  
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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It's not unambitious, it's just young. Classic's been released for 13 years and in development long before that. Cloudy's been released for just 2 years.

If you need those features, Classic is your choice, at least for now. It can still have some limited sync with the mobile apps, if you want to add photos or edit on the go.