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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RE: Real Forward Thinking Google
by chithanh on Fri 14th Dec 2012 18:05 UTC in reply to "Real Forward Thinking Google"
chithanh
Member since:
2006-06-18

Seriously? After one month of sales Windows 8 already had 1% of the global market share (about as much as all Linux combined). In less than 6 months it will overtake Mac OS.

Windows 8 installed base is still dwarfed by the mobile operating systems like Android and iOS and will likely never surpass them, as the PC market is shrinking, and now smaller than the market for mobile computing devices.

If OS X is overtaken by Windows 8 and users actually demand Metro applications (as opposed to shutting down Metro and installing a 3rd party start menu), then Google will certainly follow the users.

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bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

Windows 8 installed base is still dwarfed by the mobile operating systems like Android and iOS and will likely never surpass them, as the PC market is shrinking, and now smaller than the market for mobile computing devices.


What?! Care to back that up with some actual facts? While I agree the desktop market is shrinking but it still accounts for >85% of the market. Based on the simple volumes Windows 8 WILL surpass Android and iOS and very soon.

Sources:
http://www.netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qp...

http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_vs_desktop-ww-monthly-201111-2012...

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

>80% was in the 90s. And no, browser-stats of a hand-full of selected US websides are not representative. Today its 20%. See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/13/windows_market_share_just_2...

Those 20% are all Windows desktop (including XP+Vista+Win7+Win8) with backwards-compatible win32-API and CE+WinPhone7+WinPhone8+SurfaceRT with backwards-incompatible Metro-API and no win32-support combined.

Google services and apps that did run on Windows 7 will continue to work on Windows 8. Its only about the total incompatible WP+RT. Those count of <2% market share. A rounding error that isn't even listed any longer in most market-share stats.

Edited 2012-12-15 10:39 UTC

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