Google Search app for Windows 8 launched

We have been awaiting word about more major companies jumping in on the Windows 8 app bandwagon, and today there's word that one of Microsoft's biggest rivals Google has published its own Windows 8-based search app in the Windows Store.

The app's description in the store states that users of Windows 8 who don't want to use the default Bing service in the Search charm can now use Google when the app is installed. It offers both text and images searches and even offers a way to search for Internet content via a person's voice. It contains links to several of the company's other online services such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, Google Drive, and YouTube.

One thing that is interesting is that this Google Search app is one of the few that is a Windows 8 exclusive. The app does not yet support Windows RT. Nearly all of the apps released from the Windows Store support both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

There's no word on if Google will release any more Windows 8 apps. Certainly, many users would welcome a YouTube app for the OS. Google has released an early developer version of its Chrome web browser made to work with the "Modern" UI of Windows 8 but a final public build is not expected for a number of months.

Source: Windows Store website | Image via Google

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