Bill Gates confesses his biggest mistake ever in his career!! [A MUST READ]
Fri, Jul 2019
It’s a thought that has crossed almost everyone’s mind who has used a smartphone. What if there was an alternative to Android and iOS? What if we could look beyond Apple and Google when it came to smartphones and their operating systems? Truth be told, the only company capable enough to come up with an alternative to these two tech giants was – and perhaps still is – Microsoft.
So it came as no surprise to hear Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates say so in these precise words.
As per a report by TechCrunch, speaking at a public event Gates expressed his regret at not coming up with a “non-Apple phone form platform” before Google did.
The world’s second richest man said, “You know, in the software world, in particular for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. 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.
That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win.”
He further admitted that there was scope for just one operating system apart from Apple to exist and that gap was filled by Google when it could easily have been Microsoft.
As per the TechCrunch report, Gates said, “There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system, and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G [Google] to company M [Microsoft].”
While Microsoft remains one of the biggest tech companies out there but Gates believes that if they had capitalised on a mobile OS then Microsoft would’ve been “the” company.
He said, “And it’s amazing to me, having made one of the greatest mistakes of all time — and there was this antitrust lawsuit and various things that, you know, our other assets, Windows, Office, are still very strong.
So we are a leading company. If we got that one right, we would be the company. But oh well." Oh well, indeed.