Bill Gates has revealed that he thinks everyone would be using Windows Mobile right now if Microsoft had not been caught up in a US Department of Justice antitrust investigation. Speaking at The New York Times & # 39; DealBook Conference earlier today, Gates revealed his thoughts on Microsoft's mobile bugs.
"There is no doubt that the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on making the phone operating system, and instead of using Android today, you would be using Windows Mobile," Gates argued. " If it hadn't been for the antitrust case … we were so close, I was just too distracted. I turned it up because of the distraction. ”
Microsoft's messy move from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone allowed Android to thrive, but at that time the company had the greatest opportunity within mobile and gave it away. Gates also revealed that Microsoft also missed the opportunity to launch Windows Mobile on an important Motorola handset.
"We were only three months late on a release Motorola would have used on a phone, so yes, it's a winner taking all the game," Gates explained. "Now, nobody has ever heard of Windows Mobile, but it is good. There are a few hundred billion here or there. "
It's not clear what Motorola handset Gates is referring to, but Motorola launched the Droid series of Android-powered smartphones 10 years ago, and they were a big hit. Verizon and Motorola's push in the US really helped Android to succeeds, just as Windows Mobile erased.
This is not Gates' first time reflecting on Microsoft's mobile game, earlier this year Gates called losing to Android its "biggest mistake ever", admitting that the loss was worth $ 400 billion.  Google bought Android for $ 50 million in 2005, and Windows Mobile was the company's main goal. Former CEO Eric Schmidt admitted that Google was "very concerned that Microsoft's mobile strategy would be successful," during a 2012 legal battle with Oracle over Java Android successfully killed Windows Mobile and Windows Phone, and has become the Windows equivalent of the mobile world that even Microsoft is now using.