Google: No plans to release any more Windows 8 apps

When Windows 8 launched in late October, Google made a big deal about its own support for Microsoft's newest operating system. That included the release of a dedicated search app for Windows 8. However, it looks like Google won't be releasing any more apps for Windows 8, or at least not for a long time.

The V3 website quotes Clay Bavor, the product management director at Google Apps, as saying, "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." Bavor indicated that Google will continue to develop and support apps for iOS and Android.

He did give himself an out on his statement, saying that if users do in fact come to Windows 8 or Windows Phone, "... we would invest there, of course."

In fact, Google has also been working on adding support for its Chrome web browser to work in the "Modern" UI of Windows 8. So far, it's been restricted to the developer builds of Chrome and there's no word on when it will be launched as part of Chrome's official public releases.

Source: V3 | Image via Google

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Dell CEO: "The interest in Windows 8 is quite high"

Next Story

PCs, now with extra timey-wimey stuff: Official Doctor Who TARDIS desktops now for sale

41 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Just think how FAST the internet would be if it didn't have porn. But, look how porn helps other industries....in the beginning, they really kept the struggling vhs market going, then CD/DVD's and things on the web (flash, active-x and so on), so here's to you porn, for making the web better LOL.

I think Google realise that MS actually have a good start on this new OS, needs a bit more refinement and I think Google fear that android and chrome customers will eventually jump ship for a better experience with google products on MS products. Windows 8 is great and Windows Phone 8 is great. If Android and Google folk were to get a better experience from using there apps within the Windows OS's where would that leave google????

where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8

So an OS that in just a couple of months MORE people are running than OS X is not 'important' for Google.

Are they giving up all future OS X and other OS development as well that doesn't mean the Windows 8 threshold. Because they are going to have cut every platform that is not Windows 7.

Considering Google's App/Products are Web related or online services, Android and iOS make up less than 2% of all web usage, Macs are hitting 9% and Windows 8 is already beyond 10%.

So ya, Windows 8 is a loser OS...

...but only In Google's dreams.


Personally I hope this is a repeat of Wordperfect and Lotus giving Microsoft the finger about Windows 3.x versions, that worked out so well for them.

I hope Google never makes another piece of software or content for Windows 8 and I hope they start banning IE10 from their services as well.

The world certainly does not need any more Google 'free software' that steals people of their privacy and has the analytical access to data that is corrosive to financial markets and makes insider trading look merger in comparison.

I don't know where you get your facts from, but you'd better try again, lol.

I agree that Win8 is not a "loser", but it's no where near the numbers you mention, yet.

Edited by farmeunit, Dec 13 2012, 7:24am :

thenetavenger said,

Considering Google's App/Products are Web related or online services, Android and iOS make up less than 2% of all web usage, Macs are hitting 9% and Windows 8 is already beyond 10%.

So ya, Windows 8 is a loser OS...

...but only In Google's dreams.

you already said the obvious..most of Google product is web related which can be accessed by a browser .. what ever decision Google made on the release of Win8 apps.. it doesn't stop people from using their service...no need to be so butthurt defending win8.. until they feel the need to invest on the win8 apps..they will do it..

Google is going nowhere. In the US you have Bing as a sort-of OK alternative, but here in Belgium the only search engine that actually finds anything is Google. None of the alternatives are worth using. Same goes for mail. Outlook is OK but doesn't offer anything close to the functionality and compatibility Gmail has.

Ambroos said,
Google is going nowhere. In the US you have Bing as a sort-of OK alternative, but here in Belgium the only search engine that actually finds anything is Google. None of the alternatives are worth using. Same goes for mail. Outlook is OK but doesn't offer anything close to the functionality and compatibility Gmail has.

hopefully you are talking about outlook.com.. Cause Gmail is crap compared to the full version of outlook in office.. As for compatability.. Google docs is complete trash.. Feature for feature compared to office..

Well what do you think, of course I'm talking about Outlook.com. Google Docs isn't the best, I agree on that. But Google is huge because of Search, Gmail and Android and those three aren't going anywhere at all.

ingramator said,
I don't think you can say Gmail has greater functionality, I'd love to hear what it does better than outlook.com?

IMAP Also: complex filters that make use of more than one variable. Desktop notifications. And customization. And much, much better search features.

But mainly just the fact that you can use it on really every platform without resorting to weak apps (like Hotmail/Outlook's horrible Android app). Gmail does POP, IMAP and Exchange Activesync. And a whole lot more for contacts and calendar.

Edited by Ambroos, Dec 13 2012, 12:57am :

korupt_one said,
I think gmail is pretty crap even compared to outlook.com

That doesn't even make sense unless you're just talking about UI, which is pretty subjective. I got an outlook.com and then realized that it just didn't have the features that I wanted that Google has so I imported my mail and then forwarded anything else from then on.

ingramator said,
I don't think you can say Gmail has greater functionality, I'd love to hear what it does better than outlook.com?

Calendars and sharing. Forms. IMAP. Should I go on?

Well, that sucks. I use YouTube a lot but I actually prefer going to the site on a browser than on a app. Even on my Nexus 10, I use Chrome instead of the YouTube app sometimes (videos open in the app, but that's OK).

A340600 said,
Well, that sucks. I use YouTube a lot but I actually prefer going to the site on a browser than on a app. Even on my Nexus 10, I use Chrome instead of the YouTube app sometimes (videos open in the app, but that's OK).

A MetroTube port is on its way. That will more than cover you YouTube needs.

tpfareavip said,
That's just childish..... "oh no, Microsoft said they wouldnt launch a competing phone OS! No Google for you!".

What? Google aren't investing in those platforms because their market penetration is limited and it makes no business sense to do so, not due to competition.

That's dumb. Google could potentially be doing the same thing here that Microsoft did a few years ago when they gave Apple the edge in the Mobile space.

It makes no business sense to not prepare Windows 8 apps if you are Google. Just like it made no business sense for Microsoft to not keep their phone OS competitive, thinking feature phones were enough for people.

If Google isn't worried about market penetration why is the most common add I see on the internet the "get your Google back" add? They're obviously working to retain or gain windows 8 customers..

Google doesn't offer anything that I can't live without so this isn't a big deal. They can't be trusted anyway so we're probably better off without them.

jakem1 said,
Google doesn't offer anything that I can't live without so this isn't a big deal. They can't be trusted anyway so we're probably better off without them.

But you can trust the rest of the corporations? Oh Lordy Lord.

jakem1 said,
Google doesn't offer anything that I can't live without so this isn't a big deal. They can't be trusted anyway so we're probably better off without them.

What complete tripe. Google are no better or worse than any other corporation.

FL4T said,

But you can trust the rest of the corporations? Oh Lordy Lord.


Javik said,

What complete tripe. Google are no better or worse than any other corporation.


Oh, they are so much worse. Compare the data mining policies of Gmail and Outlook.com, then come back and say that.

pierrerv said,
and beside, it's idiotic of them to go that way as they're giving consumers a big old finger.

Not only that, their statement of not enough users is completely bogus. For a new platform, its actually huge.

Shadowzz said,

Not only that, their statement of not enough users is completely bogus. For a new platform, its actually huge.

that's what most company ceo's said about the iphone. Looks like history has a way of repeating itself.

xpxp2002 said,

Oh, they are so much worse. Compare the data mining policies of Gmail and Outlook.com, then come back and say that.

You know, I got interested and actually compared their privacy policies. There's not much in it at all, they're almost identical. The wording of their policies is even pretty similar.

Did you both to actually practice what you were preaching, or are you just making a fool of yourself?

References: http://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/fullnotice.mspx, http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/