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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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RE: Stunning annoucement!
By FITCamaro on 12/14/2012 11:44:07 AM , Rating: 0
I'm pretty disappointed. Because I was thinking of getting a Windows Phone as my next phone. But without a gmail integration, I really can't since I use gmail for work. And one of the biggest reasons I have a smart phone is for GPS navigation. Which by far Google Maps and Navigation are the best for currently.


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.


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