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Google says if the demand grows it might develop for Windows 8

Microsoft has been working hard to entice developers to make apps for its new Windows 8 computer operating system and its new smartphone platform, Windows Phone 8. One of the companies that Microsoft hoped would make official apps for its devices was Google, which owns popular e-mail services like Gmail and the cloud-based storage service Drive.

Google has now said that it has no plans to develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 for Gmail or Drive. In an interview with v3, Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor indicated that Google has chosen not to develop for the new Windows platforms due to a lack of interest from clients.

"We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8," he said.

He adds, "If that changes, we would invest there, of course."

Bavor said that Google was committed to continually improving and updating the apps it offers for iOS and Android products. 

Source: v3



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Stunning annoucement!
By Flunk on 12/14/2012 9:05:26 AM , Rating: -1
Google isn't going to build apps for their competitors platforms? That's shocking... I'm so surprised...




RE: Stunning annoucement!
By Schadenfroh on 12/14/2012 9:18:19 AM , Rating: 2
Google has no competition, didn't you read the other article?

http://www.dailytech.com/Google+CEO+We+Have+no+Rea...


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By kleinma on 12/14/2012 10:14:26 AM , Rating: 5
Except they have almost their entire service line on iOS...


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By cubby1223 on 12/14/2012 10:56:00 AM , Rating: 2
The strange thing is, at least before the iOS 6 update (don't know if it's still true after), Google was earning more profit per iPhone sold than they were per Android sold.

Of course they still develop for iOS. It is very profitable for them.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By B3an on 12/14/2012 1:18:05 PM , Rating: 2
And Win 8 sold 40 million copies in a month, and already has more users on Steam than OSX. Google are just being a-holes. Obviously scared of competition.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By geddarkstorm on 12/14/2012 2:40:47 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about?

NPD showed that there were very few actual sales of Windows 8. Furthermore, you're completely wrong about what Steam says http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey

Windows 8 is only 0.44% of the total. All the OSX versions together are over 3%. In fact, Windows 8 is behind the "Other" catagory for OSes which is 0.57%.

Windows 7 64-bit is by far in a way the dominate user base on Steam. Windows 8 is not gaining much traction at all.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By geddarkstorm on 12/14/2012 2:42:55 PM , Rating: 2
Oh oops, nevermind! My bad, didn't see the Windows 8 64-Bit at first which is at 4.25%. It is indeed greater than OSX, and is gaining some traction. That is good to see then! You were right.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By piroroadkill on 12/14/2012 10:21:38 AM , Rating: 4
Sarcasm? Ignorance? Trolling?

I'm not sure. Google builds some of the most popular applications available for their chief competitor in mobile: Apple's iOS.

They also make web applications that work on many browsers, and more telling: they contribute to open source projects.

I really have no idea what you're talking about.

I actually find it a little surprising they won't support Windows 8, but from a personal point of view, I'm a little pleased - I think Windows 8 is a mess.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By FITCamaro on 12/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: Stunning annoucement!
By Florinator on 12/14/2012 11:51:23 AM , Rating: 4
The integration is built into your Windows Phone 8. You simply add your gmail account to Settings / Email Accounts and you're done.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By FITCamaro on 12/14/2012 5:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
Still the Google Maps/Navigation issue


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By piroroadkill on 12/14/2012 12:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I should clarify, I mean Windows 8, not Windows Phone 8. I don't have much opinion on Phone 8, because I've never used it.


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By Argon18 on 12/14/2012 12:12:48 PM , Rating: 1
"Google isn't going to build apps for their competitors platforms? That's shocking... I'm so surprised... "

I assume that's sarcasm? In which case, would you kindly point out to the audience, what non-Microsoft platforms has Microsoft written applications for? Note: The half-baked Office release for OSX doesn't really count.

The fact of the matter is that Google releases native versions of nearly all its applications, on Windows, OSX, and Linux. And in the mobile space, they've released them on iOS and Android, which, lets face it, is 90+ percent of the market.

Microsoft on the other hand, is kind of the closed proprietary file formats, closed proprietary networking protocols, closed proprietary programming API's, and of course, closed proprietary applications that only run on Windows OS. Sorry, but no thinking individual would willingly lock themselves into that kind of a closed ecosystem. It's the dictionary definition of "vendor lock-in".


RE: Stunning annoucement!
By TakinYourPoints on 12/14/2012 5:57:33 PM , Rating: 3
Google builds apps for iOS. Their best version of Maps is the new one just released for it, and I'm sure that the Android version will be brought up to parity very soon, like what happened with the GMail app.

It is all about money. iOS is a huge source of income for Google, even larger than Android is for them. It makes sense to support a competing platform because of that. If WP8 and WinRT end up turning into potential large sources of income then I'm sure that Google will start making more apps for them.

It is actually the exact same reason most mobile developers have for supporting some platforms over others.


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