Bill Gates said during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global that he’s regretting not building a dominant OS. The Verge quoted Bill Gate as saying, “the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is.”
Microsoft had tried to measure up with the competition in 2008 when the first Android handset came but failed, then Google mobile platform was an open alternative to iPhone which was released in 2007.
The billionaire business mogul wish he acted more seriously then so by today, Microsoft would have the place of Android in mobile phones like it is in desktop windows. Microsoft later came up with a phone platform, Windows Mobile, but it was centered on keyboard and stylus input.
Then by the time the touch-friendly Windows Phone 7 finally launched in 2010, it was late for Microsoft to gain the size of space they wanted in the market. It struggled along with low market share for many years, until the Bill Gates company folded it in 2017. Microsoft will soon end support for Windows Phone’s successor, Windows 10 Mobile, before this year runs out.
“Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one.” Bill Gates siad.
The Microsoft chief may not be blamed outright for the failure to dominate the mobile market as he was not directing the affairs of Microsoft at the time. He had stepped aside in 2000 as the company’s CEO to pursue a philanthropic ambition.
The CEO of Microsoft then, Steve Ballmer, famously laughed at the iPhone for being too expensive. Many of Microsoft’s mobile failings, including its partnership with Nokia, should rather be questioned for it.
But from Bill Gates reactions during the interview, it’s clear that he regret over the failure of Microsoft to capture the mobile market. “There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system,” he said, and clarified that the alternative operating system was worth the equivalent of $400 billion.