Bill Gates says his ‘greatest mistake ever’ was Microsoft losing to Android

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has been reflecting on his time at the company when crucial decisions were made over its mobile operating system. During a recent interview at Village Global, a venture capital firm, Gates revealed his “greatest mistake ever” was Microsoft missing the Android opportunity:

“In the software world, particularly for platforms, these are winner takes all markets. So the greatest mistake ever is whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android. That is, Android is the standard non-Apple phone platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win. It really is winner take all. If you’re there with half as many apps or 90 percent of apps, you’re on your way to complete doom….

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