Google: No immediate plans for Google Apps on Windows 8

But reports circulating around the Web that Google has "ruled out" Windows 8 apps are wrong.

Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president in charge of Chrome and Apps, speaking at Google I/O.
Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice president in charge of Chrome and Apps, speaking at Google I/O. Stephen Shankland/CNET

Windows 8 users hoping for native Gmail and Calendar apps could have a long wait in store. But a report that circulated around the Web today saying Google had definitively "ruled them out" is wrong.

In an interview with British tech publication V3, Google Apps product manager Clay Bavor did say his team's products wouldn't come to the platform anytime soon.

"We have no plans to build out Windows apps," he said. "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.

Bavor added that Google's stance could change if and when Windows 8 gains scale:

"If that changes, we would invest there, of course."

But Windows 8 apps have not been "ruled out." A Google representative told CNET:

"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," the representative said. "We're always evaluating different platforms, but have no detailed plans to share at this time."

Google Apps include Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, as well as Gmail and Calendar.

Google has already released a native search app for Windows 8, along with a Windows 8 version of Chrome.

 

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