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Gates: Microsoft's smartphone strategy was a "mistake"

0. phoneArena 18 Feb 2013, 17:20 posted on

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates was interviewed this morning on CBS' This Morning and said that not gaining leadership in the smartphone industry means that the way that the company went about entering the business was "clearly a mistake," although you have to wonder what steps Microsoft can take at this stage in the game...

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posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:28 2

50. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


You have lamest definition for the word "customization "... Android is tons more than change home screen & lock screen...

posted on 18 Feb 2013, 23:37 3

51. mas11 (Posts: 1025; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


At least Bill Gates can admit that his company screwed up instead of blaming the consumer. I can hear it now, "You're buying it wrong!"

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 00:18

55. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


fail just let andriod do andriod

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 01:02 1

58. NateAdam8 (Posts: 134; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


If they wanted Nokia they should have just taken it and ripped it apart to start making there own phone instead putting money into a sinking company and used the money they threw at Nokia for App and Software development for Windows Phone to give it get it to a better point then just being the OS people can't do anything with but Don't get me wrong I like Nokia but they messed up by dumping Meego for Microsoft and NOT giving Android a try cause with there Camera Tech and Phone Built they'd be making a lot of cash and Microsoft just needs to stop it with there MESSED UP updating to there Mobile OS 1: WM6.5 2: WP7.X, I'm kind of not sure if I want to get a WP8 Device cause what if they announce the release of WP9 and tell everybody who got a WP8 Devices the they won't get the Update to the New WP9 OS then where does that leave people Who are Stupid enough to buy a uesless OS when they could just get a iPhone or Android and be done with it.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 01:05 2

59. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Well ive been enjoying my mistake for 2 years now :-)

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 07:35

67. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


WP really wasnt the mistake. How long they took to do it was.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 04:03

62. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 770; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Glad I'm not the only one who sees WP as a mistake and a poor attempt at a mobile OS to try rival a juggernaut like Android.
I hope they fix this before its too late, although with BB back in the picture it may just be too late.

Anyway, thank you Mr. Gates for admitting what many of us have been thinking.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:26

74. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


NO WP wasnt a mistake, the way MS appraoched the phone business in the early 00's is what he was talking about. Everyone forgets Windows Mobile existed YEARS before any other OS. THey took too long to get to WP and realize there mistakes in approaching the market.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 16:32 1

72. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


Now if Apple would step up and admit they suck..........

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 17:24

73. cdgoin (Posts: 363; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Everyone seems to miss.. MS was there FIRST. What he was saying is that they took the wrong approach. They let everyone else design the hardware and they focused on pushing software like with PCs.. That was the wrong approach. Has nothign to do with IOS or Android. Windows Mobile was around YEARS before either.

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