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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cdude
Member since:
2008-09-21

> Mark my words, in a years time they'll have Metro clients for their services

And you already got proven wrong. Microsoft announced Windows Blue to come in a year and Windows 9 Blue apps will not run on Windows 8 Metro :-)

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/141676-windows-blue-microsofts...

"Once Blue has been rolled out, the insider sources claim that the Windows Store will no longer accept apps that are designed specifically for Windows 8"

You find similar articles about Win8/9 app-incompatibility all over the internet at various big tech news sides. Microsoft not denied that to happen, not clarified or promised compatibility. Windows Blue may bring us finally yearly Windows API incompatibilities :/

There is one bold statement Microsoft pushes: Our APIs are constantly changing. Not port apps to our latest and greatest short-term API yet cause it WILL be deprecated in some months! Silverlight anyone?

Edited 2012-12-16 11:52 UTC

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bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

a closed constantly changing api. That's always a winner (not). I wonder how that leaked?

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


And you already got proven wrong. Microsoft announced Windows Blue to come in a year and Windows 9 Blue apps will not run on Windows 8 Metro :-)


Microsoft has not announced anything. Stop making things up.


"Once Blue has been rolled out, the insider sources claim that the Windows Store will no longer accept apps that are designed specifically for Windows 8"


This happens on every app store (except Android, where upgrading devices is a problem), if you were a developer you'd understand.

What happens is

A) The update is pushed out to all eligible devices.
B) Developers update their apps for the new release, but can maintain their old app side by side.
C) There is a grace period (For Windows Phone it was about 6-7 months or until Mango install base dwarfed that of Windows Phone 7.0) to submit apps for old and new
D) Old apps are eventually no longer supported once it no longer makes sense to.

This happens for every SDK release that contains a breaking change, and it is nothing new. The Windows Runtime supports versioning of components, so app compatibility isn't an issue.

In fact, Microsoft has already tested this in the wild. During the Windows 8 RC and Windows 8 RTM, the SDK had breaking changes. However, during the RC the Windows Store opened up for submissions. They let developers keep their app in the store, and included the RC WinRT environment for apps which specifically needed, and the RTM WinRT environment for apps that were brand new. Eventually, RC apps were no longer accepted once a majority of people upgraded to RTM.

It is the same exact deal, and the point you're making really isn't a point as much as it is bullshit.

Talking about the intricacies of the Windows Store with someone who develops Windows Store apps for a living is not very sensible of you, cdude.


You find similar articles about Win8/9 app-incompatibility all over the internet at various big tech news sides. Microsoft not denied that to happen, not clarified or promised compatibility. Windows Blue may bring us finally yearly Windows API incompatibilities :/


That'd be a good thing. I'm in favor of a constantly evolving API, especially since I'm very candid about the limitations of the current API, and ways it can be improved.


There is one bold statement Microsoft pushes: Our APIs are constantly changing. Not port apps to our latest and greatest short-term API yet cause it WILL be deprecated in some months! Silverlight anyone?


What about Silverlight? My Windows Phone Silverlight app was ported to Windows 8 in less than a weeks time.

You do NOT know ANYTHING about this subject, I suggest you drop it now.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

So cdude, you don't even realise (and/or don't want to realise) that Silverlight basically lives on, under different name...

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