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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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BS
By Florinator on 12/14/2012 11:49:49 AM , Rating: 2
That's BS, I just checked the Windows Phone 8 app store on my Nokia Lumia 920, there is free Google app, called Google, published by Google Inc. It offers Google Autocomplete, My Location and Voice Search.




RE: BS
By Argon18 on 12/14/12, Rating: -1
RE: BS
By MartyLK on 12/14/2012 12:21:27 PM , Rating: 3
If Microsoft weren't controlling Windows Phone, it could be *the* system to have for a smartphone. As it is, WP is way too featureless and encumbered to restrictions and idiocy to be real competition to Apple and Google.

The UI and quality of operation and the looks of WP all appeal to me. But, much to MS's dismay, that "buttery smooth" operation that WP has had from the beginning is now a sweet part of Android 4.1.


RE: BS
By Florinator on 12/14/2012 12:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, I am super glad, because I'm not a gmail user, I have a hotmail account, plus skydrive and the integration is simply great. Everything works, I'm lovin' it... I had a WP7 for the last two years as well.


RE: BS
By Argon18 on 12/14/12, Rating: 0
RE: BS
By seamonkey79 on 12/14/2012 5:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
quote:

Isn't that cute. Sorry but the arbitrary restrictions Microsoft put on Windows Phone are just too painful for most to bear. That's great that it works for you though. You and the three other people who actually bought into it.

Plus the truly awful app store that has no real substance, useless search feature, impossible to find anything. Not to mention the lack of tier-1 apps.

All these pain points add up to a closed ecosystem that most folks don't want anything to do with.


All of which was said about iOS and Android after it...


RE: BS
By nocturne on 12/14/2012 11:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Quote just says no interest in a gmail or google drive app..

I imagine it's just a bit of rhetoric, and give them a few months and you'll likely have all the basic apps like youtube, gmail, google maps, drive, etc.


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