Bill Gates blames Microsoft antitrust case for Android beating Windows Mobile

Earlier this yr, Bill Gates stated Android successful cellular was his “greatest mistake ever.” The Microsoft founder as we speak supplied expanded ideas and blamed Microsoft’s antitrust points within the early 2000s for Windows Mobile not being the OS that folks use as we speak.

Speaking on the DealBook Conference hosted by The New York Times (by way of The Verge), Gates was requested in regards to the impression of the Justice Department’s antitrust case. He got here out swinging in opposition to how dangerous the investigation was and exclaimed how, “We were so close.”

There’s little doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was dangerous for Microsoft. We would have been extra targeted on creating the telephone working system and so as an alternative of utilizing Android as we speak you’d be utilizing Windows Mobile if it hadn’t been for the antitrust case.

In Android beating Windows, Gates admits to being “too distracted” with defending Microsoft, and apparently talked about a state of affairs the place the corporate was “three months too late with the release that Motorola would have used on a phone.” It’s not clear what machine he’s referring to and even the precise time-frame.

He ended by reiterating how cellular was a “winner-take-all game.” Earlier this yr, Gates believed that Microsoft misplaced out on $400 billion attributable to Android beating Windows Mobile and taking the de facto OS place.

Of course, Microsoft is planning to make use of Android to energy subsequent yr’s Surface Duo, and has a superb working relationship with Google on foldables. Redmond as we speak has repeatedly said the way it’s a providers (and cloud) firm, and that the underlying working system doesn’t matter.

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