10 Sep

Bill Gates says Microsoft losing to Android was his greatest mistake

first_img See it He suggested that Microsoft being distracted by an antitrust lawsuit was a factor in Google having the chance to get into the mobile market. The search giant released Android a decade ago, and that OS now has over 2 billion monthly active users, more than double the number of Windows 10 users, our sister site ZDNet noted.In 2017, Gates said he used an Android phone, but didn’t specify which one. The Gates Foundation (which Bill founded with wife Melinda) didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on whether that was still the case.It’s also not the first goof Gates has admitted to. In 2013, he said that the control-alt-delete function, which allows users to log in to Windows and access the task manager, was a mistake that came after an IBM keyboard designer wouldn’t give them a single button for it.Steve Ballmer, who succeeded Gates as CEO in 2000 and retired in 2014, once admitted that his biggest mistake was letting Google dominate the search market. So as Google works through its own antitrust problems, CEO Satya Nadella better keep a close eye on all aspects of its operations.First published June 24 at 5:46 a.m. PT.Updated at June 25 at 4:25 a.m. PT: Adds that Gates used an Android in 2017 and his control-alt-delete comments. Comments 6:16 Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy Mobile Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) 14 Bill Gates reckons Microsoft should have occupied Android’s role as the alternative to Apple. Stephen Shankland/CNET Bill Gates has conceded that his “greatest mistake ever” was failing to put Microsoft in Android’s position as the world’s biggest “non-Apple” mobile operating system. The Microsoft co-founder was reflecting on the era when the market was shifting toward mobile, in an interview at venture capital firm Village Global.”In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” he said.”It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90% as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.” $145 reading • Bill Gates says Microsoft losing to Android was his ‘greatest mistake’ See It • $179 13 Photos See It Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right Applecenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $169 Microsoft announces Project Scarlett Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Abt Electronics Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Inside Microsoft’s HoloLens development lab Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Amazon $143 Tags See It Share your voice Microsoft Windows 10 Android 10 (Android Q) Bill Gates Microsoft Applelast_img

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