Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Dec 2012 11:51 UTC
Google "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." Product management director for Google Apps, Clay Bavor, told V3 that Google "will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8". Ouch - but for now, hard to argue with.
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TemporalBeing
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Apple fight against Android with a tsunami of patents and endangering some of the main Google's Partner. As a result, Google renews google maps for iOS 6 frantically


Google had apps on iOS from when iOS was first released. Apple shunned Google Maps for iOS6 in favor of their own maps program. Google had one ready, but didn't think Apple would allow it. Low-and-behold, after the Apple Maps disaster, they submit it and it takes over iOS again.

It has nothing to do with patents. Rather, Apple probably had entered into a partnership with Google a while back to do it. That partnership dissolved but Google kept up what they were doing as it was still good for business.

Microsoft doesn't make any serious trouble to Android (keeping apart that small fee related with patents ;) ). As a result, Google don't want to develop for Windows 8 nor Windows 8 phone.


Microsoft is irrelevant in the mobile space. They simply don't get it. Sure they've made good strides with WinPhone7/7.5/8 but they continue to just not get it.

And as others have said, there is basically a very small market for Win8/WinPhone8/WinRT - its not enough to justify putting resources into. If the market changes and it becomes a larger market then that may change, but until then they're leaving it alone.

And honestly, could you blame them?

Their existing apps work just fine on Win7, and likely in Legacy mode on Win8. If they did something in Win8 it'd mean redeveloping the entire app to more natively fit into the Metro UI, and then limit that version to only Win8. There's just not enough market to make it worth it, and people just don't like Win8 - especially on the desktop/laptop form factors.

Therefore, if Redmond launch a hurricane of patents against Google, Google will quickly change this decision


Microsoft has their own patent lawsuits against Google and Motorola. It isn't and will not make one iota difference in why the will or will not target Win8/WinPhone8 as the issue has nothing to do with patents and everything to do with whether there is enough of a user-base to get a sufficient ROI.

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