The “biggest mistake” made by Microsoft was to allow Google’s Android to become the dominant mobile operating system. This was stated by former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates.
“We knew that mobile phones would be top-rated, so we developed Windows Mobile. But, we did not become leaders in mobile operating systems; we were distracted! We did not assign our best people to this task, says Bill Gates. “This is the biggest mistake I made in terms of something that was clearly within our reach.”
We were the company that could have done it, and we did not do it. We let the design of Motorola and, therefore, the Android software, which has become the dominant operating system other than Apple, win, “adds Gates.