In a recent interview, legendary former CEO and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Bill Gates, revealed that he has finally moved away from Windows Phone, and adopted Android as his mobile operating system of choice. This admission by Gates is in many ways the coupe de grace for Microsoft’s failed forays into the smartphone industry.
Of course, Gates decision is hardly a surprise to anyone. The Windows Phone platform was officially abandoned by Microsoft in July this year. Even so, the platform had been on its last legs for some time now, with massive downs-scaling and layoffs. By the time Microsoft officially declared the ‘end of support‘ for Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone had a mere 0.1% smartphone operating system market share across the globe.
It is, however, somewhat interesting to note Gates’ new operating system of choice. Gates seems to have overtly avoided iOS and the iPhone, and there are some very good reasons for it:-
- Rivalry With Apple And Steve Jobs – Of course, perhaps the biggest factor behind Gates snubbing the iPhone has to be his long-time rivalry with Apple and its co-founder, Steve Jobs. Gates and Jobs had work hand in hand for a while on the original Macintosh computer. Their partnership fell apart when Gates launched the first version of Windows in 1985. Jobs was furious and accused Gates of stealing his idea and labelled him ‘shameless‘. The two have shared an intense rivalry ever since. Gates once even famously banned his family from using any Apple products such as iPhones or iPods.
- Android’s Open Nature – Unlike iOS’ closed and tightly controlled ecosystem, Android is famed for its openness and customizability. These features are much more likely to appeal to Bill Gates, whose Windows operating system followed a somewhat similar philosophy. Windows shares much more DNA with Android than it does with iOS, so it makes sense that Gates would prefer it.
- Lack Of Investment In Apple’s Ecosystem – Considering the fact that Bill Gates has made it a point to use Microsoft devices for as long as possible, he has no investment in Apple’s ecosystem. Apple’s ecosystem and the seamless intercommunication between its devices is one of the biggest draws of the iPhone. Since Gates’ allegiance lies firmly with Microsoft’s software and services such as Windows, Office, Skype, etc., it would make little sense for him to use the iPhone over Android.
However, despite having to switch over to Android, Gates remains a staunch Microsoft supporter. He revealed that he still uses ‘a lot’ of Microsoft software on his Android. We can assume that these may include Microsoft’s medley of Android apps and services such as Office, Outlook, Onedrive and maybe even Cortana. Gates also discounted the possibility of him eventually using an iPhone.
We can assume that these may include Microsoft’s medley of Android apps and services such as Office, Outlook, Onedrive and maybe even Cortana. Gates also discounted the possibility of him eventually using an iPhone in future.