When Windows 8 came out in October, Google ran ads promoting its Search app for the new Modern UI interface. Apparently, though, the firm doesn't have more Windows 8 apps in the pipeline. Clay Bavor, Product Management Director for Google Apps, said so in an interview with British website V3:
"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," he said.
"If that changes, we would invest there, of course."
Some of Google's rivals are being less snobby. Just the other day, Yahoo released a Windows 8 Yahoo! Mail app to go with its revamped web mail service. The app looks a lot like the built-in Microsoft one, but with a more purple-ish color scheme and a slightly different layout.
It's hard to tell just how well Windows 8 is selling right now, but recent figures suggest it's doing better than Windows 7. I suppose a lot of Windows 8 users are simply sticking to the old-school desktop interface and running Gmail in their web browsers, though. The usage share of Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets must be pretty small if Google is being so dismissive.
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