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Google Has No Plans For Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 Apps

     
6:35 pm on Dec 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I guess they want to hold out as long as possible to avoid giving the Microsoft platform a boost.

Google has revealed that it has no plans to develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 for its business app products such as Gmail or Drive.

Speaking to V3, the firm's product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor, said that due to what it sees as a lack of interest from its clients on the systems, it is holding back on any work at present.

"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.

"If that changes, we would invest there, of course."Google Has No Plans For Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 Apps [v3.co.uk]
6:45 pm on Dec 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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According to the stats on my sites, Windows phones account for less than 1% of the mobile traffic we get. I can see why Google, or for that matter anybody, would not want to spend the time or money to develop anything for that platform.
6:13 am on Dec 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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They are talking about the "Metro" apps here, so that means Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 users get the short end of the stick with this decision. Normal Windows 8 users can still use the desktop apps the same as other users.
1:12 pm on Dec 15, 2012 (gmt 0)

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For that matter, I read on all the technical forums that no developer is interested in this and that is why apps in the Windows store are so scarce. fwiw, none of my business clients have asked about it beyond our statement on our contracts that their pages will now work in IE10, too.