Don’t expect Google to start building apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 any time soon

It’s no mystery that Google doesn’t have much respect for Microsoft’s latest products. With Windows Phone 7 they put as little effort as possible into the platform and developed one lonely app for Google Search. In Windows 8 they came out of the gate firing with a Metro version of Chrome and a Google Search app, but since then they have been quiet. A lot of users are looking for more native apps for things like YouTube, Gmail, and Drive.

If you’re looking for the lack of interest to change you are going to be disappointing for the time being. Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor was on record earlier today and said “we have no plans to build out Windows apps.” Bavor went on to share some harsh words, saying “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.” Ouch. These words may seem harsh, but the bitter reality is they are true. Google makes money by selling ads, and if there aren’t enough users on a platform to generate ad revenue they don’t care about it. Simple as that.

[via The Verge]


  • JSYOUNG571

    Why don’t Microsoft start trying to be creative with their own damn apps and stop piggy back riding off of Google and other third parties for apps. That is the major problem with Windows Phone 7 and 8 lately. There are no original apps by Microsoft hardly. Bing Maps is a good example. Why isn’t turn by turn navigation improved by Bing instead of riding on the jock strap of Nokia for all of the Windows Phone’s.

  • http://winsource.com/ Joe Fedewa

    I’ll remember you said this next time you complain about lack of apps.

  • Cloudscout

    I don’t care about Google Maps but I would like a native Gmail app for Windows Phone. I don’t like having to use ActiveSync with my Gmail accounts because it doesn’t allow me to use the Gmail label system properly. I would also like a native Google Voice app but I don’t care about that as much since I have Metro Talk and it works quite well.