Bill Gates reveals his “greatest mistake ever”

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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.”

Talking about how the company failed in assigning “the best” staff to work on mobile , Gates , in an interview on Monday at the Economic Club in Washington ,

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DC , said:

“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.”

Microsoft launched its mobile operating system – Windows Mobile – in 2000. Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 , and Google launched Android in 2008.

Bill Gates said that the misstep potentially cost the company billions of dollars that ultimately went to Google.

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