Bill Gates believes Microsoft lost out on $400B by losing the smartphone market

24 June 2019
Microsoft's co-founder regrets not beating Google for the phone market.

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  • justin jack

they still blew it. i was compelled to try the samsung ativ s and later the lumia 930, and they were a joy to use i would admit. i would say better than even my previous experience with ios. what has put me off was the lack of apps, or rather the delay of roll out of features on popular apps.

if given the chance to have my opinion heard, i would rather see huawei revive windows phone that use their own linux-based hongmeng/ark.

  • justin jack

desktop os; but it was usable and i loved them better than ios (i had each and every iteration of the iphone then from the original up to iphone 4s). so, it was a breath of fresh air when ms launched windows phone 7 based on silverlight. silverlight allowed for an easy platform to develop apps and games, and it really is quite optimized so there is virtually no touch latency compared to android then. it was even touted to be better in touch response than ios at the time.

in other words, ms had everything at its fingertips to make windows phone work, but somehow they still blew it. i was compelled to try the samsung ativ s and later the lumia 930, and they were a joy to use i would admit. i would say better than even my previous experience with ios. what has put me off was the lack of apps, or rather the delay of roll out of features on popular apps.

if given the chance to have my opinion heard, i would rather see huawei revive windows phone that use their own linux-based hongmeng/ark.

  • justin jack

that guy, 12 Jul 2019yes you know right, that's why MS is the most valuable company f... morehi that guy

this is justin
you are saying absolutely right and you are good guy

  • that guy

q8peace, 27 Jun 2019yes it will happen android and ios also ipados witch are the sam... moreyes you know right, that's why MS is the most valuable company followed by amazon and apple is 3rd https://www.nasdaq.com/screening/companies-by-in­dustry.aspx?sortname=marketcap&sorttype=1&am­p;exchange=NASDAQ

  • Sha

We want Windows XP Back

  • q8peace

Aslipundit, 25 Jun 2019Actually, they destroyed their own prospects by completely f*cki... morenaddella need to be gone yeah thats true

  • q8peace

Lion Douglas , 25 Jun 2019Who says it's too late? With foldable phones becoming a thing Mi... moreyes it will happen android and ios also ipados witch are the same sad this is the death of microsoft there current ceo will put the nail of microsoft coffin

  • kira

u didnt loose u gave up easily

  • m.darwich

yes, beating android in making unsecured software full of bugs and lags
he should fix windows bugs first then try something else

  • s-pen pusher

i actually loved the windows phone ui- simple and functional. really, what kept me from keeping a windows phone was the lack of support from devs. there are times when new features have been rolled out months ago (even a year) on ios and android versions of apps while it still was lacking in windows phone version. microsoft has supposedly made things easy for devs by having silverlight as the windows phone platform for development, but still devs chose android over it.

my first smartphones were powered by windows mobile (sony ericsson xperia 1 (the first ever xperia) then samsung omnia i900). the os then was clunky and basically was a stripped down desktop os; but it was usable and i loved them better than ios (i had each and every iteration of the iphone then from the original up to iphone 4s). so, it was a breath of fresh air when ms launched windows phone 7 based on silverlight. silverlight allowed for an easy platform to develop apps and games, and it really is quite optimized so there is virtually no touch latency compared to android then. it was even touted to be better in touch response than ios at the time.

in other words, ms had everything at its fingertips to make windows phone work, but somehow they still blew it. i was compelled to try the samsung ativ s and later the lumia 930, and they were a joy to use i would admit. i would say better than even my previous experience with ios. what has put me off was the lack of apps, or rather the delay of roll out of features on popular apps.

if given the chance to have my opinion heard, i would rather see huawei revive windows phone that use their own linux-based hongmeng/ark.

  • Johnwoke

Aslipundit, 25 Jun 2019Actually, they destroyed their own prospects by completely f*cki... moreNice bro.. Wish you apply in Microsoft as CEO so you can make it happen what they missed

  • Anonymous

Microsoft's mistake was imitating iOS instead of Android when they first made Windows Phone.

  • Gee

Aslipundit, 25 Jun 2019Actually, they destroyed their own prospects by completely f*cki... moreI concur

MS only have themselves to blame no one else...... and now we are left with a two horse race!

  • Gee

Hil, 25 Jun 2019Sooner or later.. Android will take over window in desktop platformMan you talk rubbish, do you even know what a computer is???

Hil, 25 Jun 2019Sooner or later.. Android will take over window in desktop platformNot happening bro.

  • Lion Douglas

Who says it's too late? With foldable phones becoming a thing Microsoft can install a calling and sms app on Windows S.
I would prefer that any android phone even while it's been tested

  • Hil

Sooner or later.. Android will take over window in desktop platform

  • jera

Aslipundit, 25 Jun 2019Actually, they destroyed their own prospects by completely f*cki... moreI absolutely agree with you Gentleman.

window 10 already got a lots of bugs still consider window phone? wake up old man

Microsoft struggled not only with a phone, but with a desktop OS too. Windows 8 was a mess. An then the first serious blowback came from Google when they said, they wouldn't do Gmail and Youtube apps for a Windows phone. And don't forget, that majority of the people were sick of Windows anyway. Microsoft was "evil" company while Google was "make no evil" company. That's why I didn't want any Windows phone at a time. I think this paradigm shifted a lot in recent years and that is thanks to people like Satya Nandela. Microsoft is innovating again. Microsoft is not that greedy evil company anymore. And after AMD's recent achievments it's even cool to make a desktop computer again! So maybe now, I would be interested to see a Microsoft phone. But it should be great from the start. There's no room for sell it now, improve it later strategy.