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Bill Gates Admits Losing To Android Was His "Biggest Mistake" At Microsoft

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Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) founder Bill Gates has admitted that his greatest mistake was allowing Google's android to become a dominant mobile operating system.

Speaking at a Economic Club of Washington luncheon, Gates said to David Rubinstein on Monday, "We're in the field of doing operating systems for personal computers. We knew the mobile phone would be very popular, and so we were doing what was called Windows Mobile. We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount."

"We were distracted during our antitrust trial. We didn't assign the best people to do the work. So it's the biggest mistake I made in terms of something that was clearly within our skill set. We were clearly the company that should have achieved that, and we didn't. We allowed this Motorola design win, and therefore the software momentum to go to Android, and so it became the dominant non-Apple mobile phone operating system globally."

At the time when mobile operating system was gaining prominence, Steve Ballmer was leading Microsoft, while Gates was involved in Microsoft by holding the title of Chief Software Architect from 2001 through 2008 and Chairman of the Board until 2014.

Google had acquired Android in 2005 for $50 million. Former CEO Eric Schmidt had said that the search giant was initially focused on beating Microsoft's early Windows Mobile plans.

Microsoft, which has been dominating the PC industry with its Windows desktop operating system, failed to win in the war of mobile platform. Google's android and Apple iOS are the two biggest mobile OS in industry.

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