Microsoft founder , Bill Gates has revealed his biggest career mistake ever. In recent interviews , the Microsoft founder discussed Microsoft’s failure to become Apple’s chief iOS rival is his “greatest mistake.”
In a recent interview with Village Global , 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. Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system.”
“We knew the mobile phone would be very popular so we were doing what was called Windows Mobile. We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount , ” CNN quoted Gates as saying at the event.
“We were distracted during our antitrust trial. We didn’t assign the best people to do the work. So it’s the biggest mistake I made in terms of something that was clearly within our skill set. We were clearly the company that should have achieved that — and we didn’t.”
Bill Gates said that the misstep potentially cost the company billions of dollars that ultimately went to Google.