Google Won't Develop Dedicated Apps For Windows 8, Windows Phone 8
December 14, 2012 8:16 AM
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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 v
, 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.
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12/16/2012 2:19:30 PM
Microsoft is irrelevant in the tablet and smartphone market, so this is no surprise that Google is abandoning future dedicate apps for the platform. What would Google gain out of doing so?
I'm sure Google is not at all happy with MS's dishonest campaign with Bing vs Google as well.
Bottom line is that when it comes to tablets and smartphones, Microsoft is not a contender. That may change in the future, but I don't see any evidence to believe that.
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