"We invest and will go where the users are, but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8...

"We invest and will go where the users are, but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8 (MSFT)," says Google (GOOG) Apps product management chief Clay Bavor, explaining why his company has no plans to build out apps for the new platforms.

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  • flemsnopes
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    Are we supposed to be surprised that Google wouldn't be enthusiastic about promoting the growth of a NEW competitor?
    13 Dec 2012, 07:56 AM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    My guess is Google will come around on Windows 8 Pro. The fact it's shipping on most new consumer PCs will create an installed base they can't/won't ignore.


    But Windows Phone and RT are very much wait-and-see events. And Google does have some vested interest in slowing their adoption (especially since Bing is the default search engine for both).
    13 Dec 2012, 09:48 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Personally I'm still pretty vague on RT. My initial contact with it in a MSFT store shows it to be... well... Windows.


    I have no handle on just how different it is from the standard product. Everything I tried, including stuff that don't work on the more popular tablet OS, worked, although obviously I didn't test out software that would require installation on the in-store devices. So when folks talk about RT as if it is an entirely different animal than the standard version I find it confusing.


    I'm also rather vague on why WPhone8, using the Win2k kernal, if I remember correctly, shouldn't perform virtually like standard windows as well.


    All told, I think Wphone, RT, and the standard Windows will likely converge over time, which would suggest that Google couldn't really ignore a product used by more than 90% of the world's population.


    Unless, of course, Chrome takes over... but that's probably bit far out there....
    13 Dec 2012, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • wildmonkey98042
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    For RT, think “made for consuming content”. RT will run apps that are made for it, but it won’t run legacy software. For Pro, think “full PC functionality”.
    13 Dec 2012, 06:21 PM Reply Like
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    Where is the special dividend by Microsoft.
    13 Dec 2012, 07:58 AM Reply Like
  • Sal Marvasti
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    I want chrome for my surface. Google take note. IE 10 is not good enough, but I love MSFT Office free on the Surface RT. Why do I have to compromise?
    13 Dec 2012, 08:34 AM Reply Like
  • chabig
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    Surface RT is nothing but compromise.
    13 Dec 2012, 08:59 AM Reply Like
  • JoeMarfice
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    This isn't about where the customers are, of course, but where Google thinks they will be. Google would be rushing to make apps if they thought those products would succeed in the market.
    13 Dec 2012, 09:16 AM Reply Like
  • russellm454
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    Google should learn from Microsoft's mistakes. If you wait till the users have moved before you develop your product then you are behind the curve and playing catchup. MSFT pulled off the comeback in the gaming system war so you can't count them out in mobile and certainly not in OS. Google should seize the opportunity rather than dismissing it.
    13 Dec 2012, 09:25 AM Reply Like
  • Dougmayer
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    Thinking the two big ecosystems left standing when the dust settles will be MSFT and GOOG. Apple makes great products but nothing that could not be rendered obsolete in 6 months. Where as the other two are much more entrenched in there respective areas with overlap into each others areas of expertise
    13 Dec 2012, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • djblackprince
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    No one on Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 or Windows RT will really miss any Google software. If they want to play catty with those users they because they like to hate on MSFT then let them not make anything.
    13 Dec 2012, 06:18 PM Reply Like
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