Bill Gates says this is his biggest mistake
Microsoft's founder made this assumption twice in recent interviews when he discussed how Microsoft lost Google when launching a mobile operating system to compete with Apple's iOS.
"In the world of software, especially for platforms, they are winners – all markets," Gates said in a recent interview with Village Global's venture capital firm. "So the biggest mistake is any bad job I've encountered, which made Microsoft not to be what Android is. Android is the standard platform for non-Apple phones. For years, Microsoft  (19459007) was a leader in the computer industry, defeating Apple, but failed to develop fast enough in the smartphone era. Microsoft released its own mobile operating system called Windows Mobile in 2000. Apple debuted its iPhone in 2007, followed by Google's Android platform in 2008. Although Microsoft had a mobile operating system, it quickly lags behind 1
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In a Monday interview at the Economic Club in Washington DC, Gates declared that the antitrust trial he had encountered at that time was a major distraction. He also said the company failed to determine how it had recruited mobile workers. "We knew the mobile phone would be very popular, so we were doing what we call Windows Mobile." We missed being the dominant mobile operating system with a very small amount, "he said at the event. "We were distracted during our antitrust process, and we did not identify the best people to do the job, so this is the biggest mistake I made with regard to something that is obviously within our skill set."  The antitrust process is the result of lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice, 20 states and the District of Columbia that blame Microsoft for illegal, anti-competitive and exclusionary practices
Interview, Gates said the wrong step potentially cost the company billions of dollars that eventually went to Google Android is the most popular smartphone platform in the US In the first half of 2018, more than 85% of the global smartphones sold had an Android operating system, according to Statista
. "Our other assets such as Windows and Office are still very strong, so we we are a leading company, "said Gates in the interview. "If we had acquired this right, we would be the leading company, but good."
But that's not Gates' sole pity. In 2017, he said he apologized for the unpleasant Control-Alt-Delete feature originally used to get into Windows computers, not just one key.
The company also has other flawed steps, including Windows Vista – one of the most unapproved versions of Windows – and Windows ME, which was heavily criticized for being buggy. Zune music players were also big busts. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, once known as the iPhone, is the "most expensive phone in the world and does not like business customers because it does not have a keyboard."
Gates, using an Android phone, withdrew from a day-to-day job at Microsoft in June 2008, and withdrew from office as chairman of Microsoft's board in February 2014