The second richest man on the planet and one of the founders of Microsoft, Bill Gates, says that we all would have been using Windows Mobile instead of Android if he didn’t mess up some things and not get distracted by its antitrust case brought by the Justice Department.
In an interview at The New York Times DealBook Conference, Bill Gates said that the antitrust lawsuit wasn’t beneficial for Microsoft, and the developers would have been more dedicated on creating the phone operating system. And so, instead of using Android today, we would be using Windows Mobile.
“We were so close,” said Bill Gates. “I was just too distracted and I screwed that up because of the distraction. We were just three months too late with the release that Motorola would have used on a phone. So it’s a winner-takes-all game, that’s for sure, but now nobody here has even heard of Windows Mobile.”
Gates says he wouldn’t have retired so early, in 2008, if the antitrust case didn’t come into his way and gave him the chance to work on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
According to Wikipedia, Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Washington, on October 28, 1955. He is the son of William H. Gates Sr. and Mary Maxwell Gates. His ancestry includes English, German, and Irish/Scots-Irish people. His father was a great lawyer, and his mother served on the board of directors for the United Way of America. Gates’ grandfather was J. W. Maxwell, a national bank president. Gates has two sisters: an older one named Kristi (Kristianne) and a younger one named Libby.
Bill Gates even got arrested at 22 years old for a traffic violation, but he still found the strength to cope and become one of the richest people in the world.
Therefore, the guy might know what he’s talking about. Being one of the main founders for a company like Microsoft is no walk in the park.