"In the software world, especially for platforms, these are winners – all markets," Gates said in a recent interview with venture capital firm Village Global. "The biggest mistake I've ever made is that Microsoft is not what Android is, Android is the default platform for phones that are not from Apple … There's room for exactly one operating system that does not from Apple. "
"We knew that the phone would be very popular, and therefore made something like Windows Mobile, we just missed the dominant mobile operating system," he said at the event. "We were distracted during our antitrust proceedings, we did not hire the best people to do the job, that's the biggest mistake I've made in terms of something that's clearly in our competence that should have been achieved. " – and we did not do it.
The antitrust case was the result of lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice, 20 states, and the District of Columbia, accusing Microsoft of illegal, anti-competitive, and exclusive practices.
In the Village Global In an interview, Gates said he was wrong The company may have cost billions of dollars, which eventually went to Google. Android is the most popular smartphone platform in the US In the first half of 2018, over 85% of all smartphones sold worldwide had an Android operating system, Statista said.
"Our other assets, such as Windows and Office, are still very strong, so we are a leader," he said te Gates in an interview. "If we understood that correctly, we would be the leading company, but alright."