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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 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".

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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