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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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

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.


I would be happy if their Voice and Plus apps had an API, so they could be plugged into the Windows 8 Messenger app, like Facebook is. When I chat with people on Facebook, I get a desktop notification when I get a PM, and I can reply from the desktop with a quick ALT+TAB.

You just don't get that functionality in a browser with Voice/Plus, unless you use an extension, which will probably break on the next re-design, without some kind of API to access.

BTW: I like the desktop on Win8. It's better than Win7, and besides what I just mentioned above, I forget Metro is even there most of the time.

Edited 2012-12-14 22:31 UTC

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

"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.


I would be happy if their Voice and Plus apps had an API
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You mean like:

https://developers.google.com/+/api/

Google Voice is a little more problematic, but the community seems to have some solutions:

http://code.google.com/p/pygvoicelib/
http://code.google.com/p/pygooglevoice/
http://code.google.com/p/google-voice-java/


BTW: I like the desktop on Win8. It's better than Win7, and besides what I just mentioned above, I forget Metro is even there most of the time.


You're one of the few.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

The Google Plus API is an API in name only: It only supports access to a read-only public feed of data. In other words, shit that nobody implementing a client cares about.

However, you'd know that if you looked at the links you throw around to try to prove people wrong.

That, and the Google Voice APIs are a complete shitfuck, and they're not even APIs, they're screen scraping solutions half the time, and the other half the time some lucky XML feed Google felt gracious enough to expose.

None of it is enough to make a client which isn't brain dead.

So this becomes a case of A) Google grandstanding, because they will eventually write a Windows Store application. Mark my words, in a years time they'll have Metro clients for their services, and B) Google taking the decision out of everyone's hands by having a poor developer story to compliment their services.

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