Bill Gates Regrets Losing Out The Mobile OS Race To Android


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Android and iOS are currently two of the most popular mobile operating systems. While iOS is limited to iPhones, Android now works on almost every smartphone, not an iPhone, making it one of the world’s most used portable operating systems. Although some of you could believe that the universe of Mobile OS does not exist beyond iOS and Android, but not so long ago, Microsoft did have its own Windows-based mobile OS. But the market never started and Redmond, a tech giant based in Washington, announced the end of Windows 10 Mobile assistance in 2017. This was an enormous blow to Microsoft— a corporation which currently dominates the personal computer world.

HTC 8X Windows Phone stacked on an iPhone 4s

It, therefore, wasn’t surprising that Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, revealed that one of his greatest errors (and perhaps the biggest regrets) was allowing Google to create Android which is called the “normal non-Apple format phone platform.”

“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,” Gates told Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz at an event hosted by the Village Global company’s founders for risk capital, as reported by TechCrunch. TechCrunch.

Gates also spoke about work-life balance, besides his greatest regret. However, if you hoped to get a few tips for a decent life by the billionaire philanthropist, don’t bother because Gates doesn’t think in the notion of equilibrium of work and life or take holidays. “For my particular makeup – and it really is true that I didn’t believe in weekends; I didn’t believe in vacations,” he told Hartz.

“I have a fairly hardcore view that there should be a very large sacrifice made during those, those early years, particularly if you’re trying to do some engineering things that you have to get the feasibility,” he added.

The CEO of Microsoft also shared an interesting tip for a major achievement in a startup. Gates said it is crucial to have a team that’s “pretty maniac about the business,” during the early years of business.

“But yes, it is nice if during those first several years, you have a team that has chosen to be pretty maniacal about the company, and how far that goes, you should have a mutual understanding, so you’re not one person expecting one thing, and another person expecting another thing,” he added.


Anirudh Muley
Anirudh Muley
Anirudh is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Clickdotme. He does not like describing himself in the third-person and had a hard time coming up with these two sentences!

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