Bill Gates' Biggest Regret Is Failing To Create Android At Microsoft

He called it his "greatest mistake ever"

With Android being one of the most popular OS next to the iOS, it's no wonder Bill Gates considers Microsoft failing to develop Android his biggest regret - one that actually cost the company USD$400 billion.

“The greatest mistake ever is the whatever mismanagement I engaged in that caused Microsoft not to be what Android is, [meaning] Android is the standard non-Apple phone form platform. That was a natural thing for Microsoft to win,” said Gates during a conversation with Eventbrite cofounder and CEO Julia Hartz a at an event hosted by venture capital firm Village Global.

“It really is winner take all,” he said. “If you’re there with half as many apps or 90% as many apps, you’re on your way to complete doom. There’s room for exactly one non-Apple operating system, and what’s that worth? $400 billion that would be transferred from company G [Google] to company M [Microsoft].”

Even though Microsoft did develop their own Windows OS, it failed to make a significant impact and died a slow and painful death. The reason for its death? Their very own app store - which failed to retain apps once they had been developed, The Windows phone was officially phased out by 2017.

Microsoft is still the most valuable company in the world, with a market cap of $1.05 trillion, but is vying for top spot with Apple and Amazon. Gates added: “We are a leading company. If we got that one right, we would be the company. But oh well.”