Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are two of the few platforms that lack widespread support for Google apps, and it was recently rumoured that Google had no plans to launch dedicated apps for Microsoft's new operating systems. However, a report by CNET states this is not the case as a Google representative informed them that the search giant had not ruled out Windows 8 apps.
The statement provided by the representative reads, “Our goal is to be able to offer our users a seamless app experience across all platforms and want to make our products available to as many people as possible. We're always evaluating different platforms, but have no detailed plans to share at this time.”
British tech publication V3 had previously stated that Google had ruled out plans to launch dedicated Windows 8 apps for Drive and Gmail. In an interview with V3, Google Apps Product Manager Clay Bavor, stated, “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.”
However, CNET noted that Bavor said Google’s stance could change if and when Windows 8 gains scales. “If that changes, we would invest there, of course.”
Google may develop apps for Windows 8
Google has already released a native Google Search app for Windows 8 as well as a Chrome app for the platform.
In related Windows 8 news, Microsoft recently released an update for Windows 8 that fixes several vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Word and Exchange. This is the first time the software giant has issued a fix for the relatively new Internet Explorer 10. Five of the seven security updates were marked 'Critical' in the Windows Update service, while the other two were labelled 'Important'. Nine of the 12 vulnerabilities were marked 'Critical'.
All is not well in the world of Windows 8, however. According to an earlier report, sales of Windows-powered computers fell 21 percent overall in November. This indicates a very lackluster debut for Microsoft's operating system. Since the launch of Windows 8 on October 26, Windows laptop sales are down 24 percent, while desktop sales are down 9 percent compared to the same period last year, said NPD Group, which tracks computer sales weekly using data supplied by retailers.
Usually a new Microsoft release boosts PC sales, as many consumers hold off from purchases for several months so they can get hold of the latest software immediately. “After just four weeks on the market, it's still early to place blame on Windows 8 for the ongoing weakness in the PC market,” said Stephen Baker, Vice President of Industry Analysis at NPD. “We still have the whole holiday selling season ahead of us, but clearly Windows 8 did not prove to be the impetus for a sales turnaround some had hoped for.”