Speaking at the New York Times’ DealBook conference, the Microsoft cofounder said, “There’s no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on creating the phone operating system and so instead of using Android today you would be using Windows Mobile.”
Gates is still vexed 18 years after the US Justice Department held Microsoft accountable for its monopolistic behaviour. Incidentally, it was around the same time that Andy Rubin and his team at Android Inc. started developing what is now the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
Gates also commented on Microsoft’s missed opportunity to partner with Motorola for a Windows-powered smartphone.
“We were just three months too late on a release Motorola would have used on a phone, so yes it’s a winner takes all game,” said Gates. “Now nobody here has ever heard of Windows Mobile, but oh well. That’s a few hundred billion here or there,” he added.
This isn’t the first time Gates has expressed his disappointment at how Microsoft’s mobile ambitions failed to take off. He had previously said that losing the mobile war to Android was his greatest mistake ever.
Windows Mobile took birth in 2003. It was superseded by Windows Phone in 2010. Then came Windows 10 Mobile in 2015. All of Microsoft’s attempts to compete with Android and iOS failed miserably. However, there was a time when budget Windows phones ran better than cheap Android phones.
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