Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates might be one of the most successful tech entrepreneurs around the world but it does not mean that he hasn’t made some mistakes in his career all the way. During a recent interview at village global which is a venture capital firm, Gates said that “greatest mistake ever” was Microsoft missing the Android opportunity.
Google purchased Android back in 20015 for $50M million, plus former CEO Eric Schmidt admitted that Google’s initial focus was beating Microsoft’s early Windows Mobile efforts. He further told at that time the company was very concerned whether Microsoft’s mobile strategy would become successful or not. Android eventually removed Windows mobile and Windows Phone off and comes in direct competition with Windows phone in the mobile world.
Bill Gates said, “In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, 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 non-Apple operating system and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.”
Gates admitted that it is somewhat which software giant has not expected. Many had speculated that Microsoft’s missed mobile opportunity was a Steve Ballmer era mistake. Initially, Balmar laughed about the high pricing of the iPhone and called it the most expensive phone around the globe. He also criticized that it will not appeal to business customers because it does not have a keyboard.
On the same time, he admitted that the iPhone could sell very well and he crucially missed the touch-friendly era it was ushering in and laughed off its lack of a keyboard. This was the first mistake by Microsoft, therefore, the company had spent months in arguing whether Microsoft should improvise its Windows mobile effort. At that time those phones weren’t touch-friendly and were born out of an era of stylus-powered devices.
In an emergency meeting of 2008, Microsoft decided to scrap Windows Mobile and completely reboot its mobile efforts with Windows Phone. Too, former Windows chief Terry Myerson and Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore were involved in that emergency meeting. In 2001, Bill Gates stepped down from the post of CEO. However, he resumed his role as chief software architect during the crucial years leading up to Windows Phone and Microsoft’s Windows Vista missteps.
Later in 2008, he again stepped down from the post of the chief software architect, from then he carried on as the company’s chairman until Satya Nadella took over as CEO in 2014. On the other hand, Gates has been helping on a personal secret project at Microsoft in recent years, and now uses an Android phone.
Gates was not properly involved in the management of some Microsoft mobile decisions. But unfortunately, he left in the middle of Microsoft getting the deal of Android. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explains that Windows Vista was his biggest regret at Microsoft before his farewell. On the whole, Microsoft has learned from its previous mistakes and currently, their cloud business is flourishing day by day.