Bill Gates blames antitrust issues for Android beating Windows Mobile

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Lumia McLaren
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Co-founded in 1975 by Paul Allen and Bill Gates, Microsoft has
become a trillion-dollar company because of some great
decisions over the years by Gates and Cheif Executive Officers.

At an event, Gates recently revealed that one mistake that
bothers him to this day is
allowing Google to develop Android. In another interview,
Bill Gates provided expanded thoughts and detailed another
reason that messed up Microsoft’s mobile market plans.

Gates admits that Microsoft screwed up Windows Mobile due to
the antitrust issues in the early 2000s. In the 2000s,
antitrust trial sucked Microsoft’s focus away from key products
like Windows Mobile and it’s one of the reasons for Windows
Mobile not being the OS that people use today.

Microsoft wasn’t ready to give up on the mobile ambitions and
the company’s mobile strategy has been rebooted several times.
After killing Windows Mobile, Microsoft brought in Windows
Phone along with Nokia before throwing in the towel.

Windows 10 phone
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“There’s no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for
Microsoft. 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 if it hadn’t been for the
antitrust case,” Gates said when speaking at the DealBook
Conference.

Microsoft didn’t lose out to Google and Apple in the smartphone
industry because it was hamstrung by the antitrust action, but
the company was too distracted.

Gates admits to being “too distracted” with defending the
company he co-founded. A series of mistakes eventually resulted
in Android beating Windows on phones.

The distracted Microsoft was “three months too late with the
release that Motorola would have used on a phone,” according to
Bill Gates, and this was another big blow to Windows Mobile
plans.

Android beats Windows Phone

Surface Duo Android phone
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Microsoft would be the leading company in the world if it had
got that [phones] right, Gates said earlier this year. Gates
also believe that Microsoft lost out on $400 billion due to
Android beating Windows Mobile and taking over the smartphone
market.

In 2005, Google bought Android, a mobile operating system based
on the Linux kernel to run it on its phones. The core
components of Android are available via an open-source license,
allowing OEMs to run Android on their phones without paying the
parent company.

Google has been making money by selling a set of proprietary
software apps and services, which have become necessary to use
Android in its full potential.

This approach helped Google and it also made Android the
world’s largest mobile operating system. Back in the old days,
OEMs were charged by Microsoft to use Windows Mobile or Windows
Phone on their phones, which was another reason for the
platform’s failure.

Embracing Android

Surface Duo phone
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Over the past few years, Microsoft led by CEO Satya Nadella has
embraced Android with surprising enthusiasm. Microsoft has a
large collection of apps for both consumers and business in the
Google Play Store, and the firm will continue to invest in the
rival platform.

Panos Panay has also confirmed that the Microsoft isn’t
building another mobile operating system and the company plans
to use
Android on its dual-screen Surface Duo.

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 Mobile on 10
December this year.



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