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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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Oh really?
By arthur449 on 12/14/2012 9:31:39 AM , Rating: 5
Maybe Google should try announcing this policy to itself.

Not only is Google Chrome in the Windows app store, but Chrome (23.0.1271.97m) has a "Relaunch in Windows 8 mode" option.

RE: Oh really?
By Helbore on 12/14/2012 9:55:29 AM , Rating: 3
Plus the Google Search app that's even available in Windows RT. It also contains Drive, Maps, Gmail and just about every other Google app in existence.

I guess they must have forgotten they made them.

RE: Oh really?
By nedsand on 12/14/2012 12:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly, this is just sensationalized. Probably a cherry picked quote that is out of context.

RE: Oh really?
By sprockkets on 12/14/2012 3:12:10 PM , Rating: 2
Win8 on the desktop isn't winrt for arm or w8 for phones. Obviously win8 on the desktop is selling well to have chrome for it.

RE: Oh really?
By acer905 on 12/14/2012 10:21:53 PM , Rating: 2
... You do realize that from the perspective of the Store, there is no difference. All Win 8 store apps work on all versions of Win 8, on all devices it is on... WP8 however is different... slightly.

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