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Bill Gates Regrets Microsoft’s Mobile ‘Mistake’

Former Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates is taking responsibility for the software giant’s inability to develop a high-quality mobile operating system to compete with Google’s Android, CNBC reported. At an event in Washington, D.C., Mr. Gates described Microsoft’s mobile struggles as the “biggest mistake I made” and said they stemmed in part from Microsoft being “distracted” by its antitrust battle with the U.S. government in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

Mr. Gates’ comments stand to reshape the historical narrative of Microsoft’s failure to translate its dominance of desktop and server operating systems to mobile devices. To date, most of the blame has fallen on former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who infamously downplayed Apple’s iPhone when it launched and later made a number of ill-fated moves to boost Microsoft’s mobile business, including paying $7.6 billion for Nokia’s smartphone unit. 

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