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Google: No native Gmail or Drive apps for Windows 8, WP8

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 13 Dec 2012 0:44 User comments (10)

Google: No native Gmail or Drive apps for Windows 8, WP8 The search giant sees no interest.
Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor has noted today that the company has no plans to develop native Gmail, Drive or other business app products for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8.

The exec did not rule out apps for the future but did say there was no interest from its clients on the systems: "We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8. If that changes, we would invest there, of course."

Bavor says the company remains 100% committed to iOS and Android, with ongoing updates and improvements.

Additionally, he added: "We really see these as the first versions of our mobile experience, though, so we will continue to make big investments in mobile in 2013 with the goal of having beautiful mobile apps."

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10 user comments

113.12.2012 0:47

Oh, ouch.

Somebody in Redmond, WA is gonna be pissed about this.

213.12.2012 1:09

I still think Steve Balmer needs to be let go, he is running M1cr0s0ft into the ground.

313.12.2012 1:50

I don't even use these apps on my Android phone. I'm not sure there are many Windows Phone users (or Windows 8 users) who are going to miss these apps.

413.12.2012 7:02

Originally posted by SoTired:
I don't even use these apps on my Android phone. I'm not sure there are many Windows Phone users (or Windows 8 users) who are going to miss these apps.

Yep, GMail can be read from any regular pop3/imap reader; even Outlook.com can get it. And Nokia's drive app is far better than Google's. What many users are missing, don't ask me why, is Instagram.

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513.12.2012 10:43

My sister got a new laptop with Windows 8 on it. I have no idea how she will figure out how to use it. I played with it for over an hour and everything is confusing on there.

616.12.2012 16:49

Well it seems that Google finally stomped their foot down and said None of our apps in your OS, hell no!!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Dec 2012 @ 16:50

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716.12.2012 22:08

Keep pushing those crappy chromebooks Google. Don't need a native GMAIL app anyway and there are plenty of other free online storage solutions out there anyway. Besides Skydrive integrates into WindowsPhone8 and Windows8/RT Google would not compare.


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817.12.2012 0:07

Originally posted by bobiroc:
Keep pushing those crappy chromebooks Google. Don't need a native GMAIL app anyway and there are plenty of other free online storage solutions out there anyway. Besides Skydrive integrates into WindowsPhone8 and Windows8/RT Google would not compare.
honestly i dont want any cloud based service run by microsoft or google because windows server which a lot of this stuff runs on can be hacked in 5 min no thank you

917.12.2012 1:44

Buuuuuurn poor microsoft

1017.12.2012 8:03

Originally posted by megadunderhead:
honestly i dont want any cloud based service run by microsoft or google because windows server which a lot of this stuff runs on can be hacked in 5 min no thank you
So can Linux and MacOS if one does not take steps to properly protect themselves.

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