Bill Gates: Microsoft Isn't 'The' Leading Company Because of Windows Phone

24 Juin, 2019, 22:44 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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Meanwhile, Microsoft led the mobile OS with its Windows operating system but it never gained the popularity similar to Android or iOS.

In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner-take-all markets. "It really is victor take all", he added.

Although former Windows boss Terry Myerson and Joe Belfiore of Microsoft participated in that meeting, it is likely that the company had sought the advice of Bill Gates in some way. "$400 billion (roughly Rs. 27,76,500 crores) that would be transferred from company G to company M". A video teaser was played and long lines of employees formed inside Microsoft headquarters to get a look at the product, which is said to have a code name of Centaurus.

Microsoft rebooted its mobile efforts with Windows Phone back in 2010, but it was already too late to catch up.

Gates later went on to state that there's only room for a single non-Apple operating system in the market, and having half the apps or even 90% of the apps would have a company on its way to "complete doom". So we are a leading company. By that, he means a mobile operating system that along with iOS killed all other rival mobile operating systems, including Windows Mobile, which transitioned into Windows Phone before being discontinued. Windows and Office are two of them, he said, but Gates admits that Windows Phone could have made Microsoft the absolute leader in software on all platforms.

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It's worth noting that Steve Ballmer replaced Gates as CEO of Microsoft in 2000, before the company's founder transitioned to a part-time role at the company in 2006.

Gates promised to "substantially increase his dedication" to Microsoft in 2014, and the Microsoft Edge team sought his opinion on the movement of the company to Chromium previous year.

Ballmer's biggest regret? Windows Vista.

Microsoft seems to have overcome its errors in mobile phones, and the company's cloud business is thriving. However, Gates feels that in addition to being a leading company, Microsoft could have been "the company", had it executed in mobile.

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