Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Bill Gates reveals his 'greatest mistake ever' at Microsoft

Bill Gates reveals his 'greatest mistake ever' at Microsoft

Microsoft missed its chance to be the dominant firm in mobile technology because it was "distracted" during a lengthy antitrust battle with United States authorities, company co-founder Bill Gates said Monday.

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In a recent interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates discussed Microsoft's business and one of its biggest mistakes: Windows Phone.

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Bill Gates sacrificed weekends and vacation time during Microsoft's early years in order to build the tech firm - but said he doesn't recommend the tough lifestyle for company founders. And, you know, it really is victor take all. Gates doesn't believe there is room for another truly competitive "non-Apple [smartphone] operating system" right now and says if Microsoft had won the war then they would have an additional $400 billion in overall revenue from the last decade of sales. So, you know, the greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, [meaning] Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform.

Google acquired Android in 2005 for around US$50-million, launching the first commercial Android-powered phone - the HTC Dream - in 2008. If you're there with half as many apps or 90% as many apps, you're on your way to complete doom. So we are a leading company. Gates sees Microsoft's other assets, like Windows and Office, as "still very strong". Unfortunately, Windows Mobile devices couldn't be updated to Windows Phone 7 (at least officially), while Windows Phone 7 devices weren't compatible with Windows Mobile apps. Windows Phone did manage to reach double digit market share in select countries such as France and Italy, but consumers in the United States pretty much ignored it.

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