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[3]: Hard to argue with?
by dukes on Fri 14th Dec 2012 18:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hard to argue with?"
dukes
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The numbers from MS was 4 million upgrades in the first 4 days. Obviously, that number has increased exponentially since then. According to Steam, Windows 8 usage share on their platform has already surpassed OSX.

There is very little reason to doubt that Windows 8 will have a very large market share (much larger than OSX).


I don't believe this is about market share. That's just too easy.

From a Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 user (thanks to Apple for giving me reasons to start exploring other tech), I can tell you that with regards to WP8 there isn't much demand for Google dedicated apps. The reason? I don't think Google can outdo what's already available for Windows Phone. Let's take a look:

Google Drive: No thanks. SkyDrive integration is strong already. It allows the automatic uploading of taken photos from my phone. It automatically syncs all of my Microsoft Office documents. My OneNote data is stored on SkyDrive as well. What could Google Drive actually bring to the table.

GMail dedicated app: Why? The Mail app on my Windows Phone is sufficiently beautiful. It already does server searches on all my mail and I can link all my e-mail inboxes to one Live Tile if I want. What could a dedicated Gmail app bring to the table? Nothing compelling enough for the effort.

Google Docs: Don't need it now, since I have Microsoft Office on my Phone with SkyDrive integration. I'm quite sure it works fine in the HTML5 IE10 browser though. Again, what could Google do to really turn an enduser.

Google Voice app: Don't need it. GoVoice and MetroTalk are *the* apps to use if you want a seamless Google Voice experience on your phone.

YouTube dedicated app: Don't need it OR want it. Have you seen MetroTube? Talk about a quality app. I would rate this app in the top two best apps for Windows Phone.


So my point is Google might be trying to tell us one thing, but reality is that there isn't much demand for a Google branded experience on Windows Phone. Everything important is already replicated nicely.

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