Bill Gates Shares His ‘Greatest Mistake Ever’

Bill Gates “clearly hasn’t got over his biggest mistake,” writes Inc. columnist Chris Matyszczyk.

Speaking at a recent VC firm event, Gates told the audience:
The greatest mistake ever is… whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is. That is, Android is the standard phone platform — non-Apple form — phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win…

There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system, and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G to company M.

“You see? He couldn’t even utter the word Google,” quips Inc’s columnist. “That’s how much it hurts him.”

The column also notes that Google “didn’t create Android. It bought it in 2005,” and “being open-source meant that Google could offer it to so many phone manufacturers around the world…. Would Microsoft have been so generous of spirit?”

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