Bill Gates has revealed that he thinks everyone would now use Windows Mobile if Microsoft were not involved in an antitrust investigation by the US Department of Justice. Speak against The New York TimesDealBook Conference earlier today, Gates revealed his thoughts about Microsoft's mobile mistakes.
"There is no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on creating the phone's operating system and so instead of using Android today, you would use Windows Mobile," Gates claimed . "If the antitrust case hadn't been there … we would have been so close that I was just too distracted. I ruined it because of the distraction. & # 39;
Thanks to the messy switch from Microsoft from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone, Android was able to thrive, but at that time the company had the greatest chance of mobile and gave it away. Gates also revealed that Microsoft also missed the opportunity to launch Windows Mobile on a major Motorola handset.
"We were just three months late with a release that Motorola would have used on a phone, so yes, it's a winner who takes all the games," Gates explains. “Now nobody here has ever heard of Windows Mobile, but oh well. That is a few hundred billion here or there. "
It is not clear which Motorola handset Gates refers to, but Motorola launched its Droid series of smartphones with Android power 10 years ago, and they were a big hit. The pressure from Verizon and Motorola in the US really helped Android, just when Windows Mobile was struggling.
This is not the first time Gates has been thinking about Microsoft's mobile issues. Earlier this year, Gates called losing to Android his "biggest mistake ever", admitting that the loss was worth $ 400 billion.
Google acquired Android for $ 50 million in 2005, and Windows Mobile was the company's primary goal. Former CEO Eric Schmidt admitted that Google was "very concerned that Microsoft's mobile strategy would be successful" during a 2012 legal battle with Oracle over Java. Android has successfully killed Windows Mobile and Windows Phone and has become the Windows equivalent in the mobile world that even Microsoft is now adopting.