What was Bill Gates biggest mistake at Microsoft?

June 25, 2019 | Investopaper

Bill Gates is one of the co-founders of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft has always remained as a clear leader in the desktop operating system (Windows) throughout the world.

Lately, the former CEO of the company has revealed his greatest mistake as an in-charge of the company. He said that letting the Android system become a dominant mobile operating system was his biggest mistake. Microsoft has never been able to be a leader in the mobile operating system and remains behind Google and Apple.

Bill Gates said:  “We’re in the field of doing operating systems for personal computers. We knew the mobile phone would be very popular, and so we were doing what was called Windows Mobile. We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount. 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.”

Currently, Microsoft has shifted its focus on cloud computing to boost its revenue.



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