Bill Gates Says Microsoft Blew It

Looking back, Steve Ballmer never should have laughed off the iPhone. Or at least that's the subtext of a recent CBS interview in which Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) co-founder Bill Gates says that his company made "mistakes" in mobile that allowed Apple and Google to emerge. Today, they're two of the world's dominant suppliers of smartphone operating system software.

Meanwhile, Windows Phone remains in the formative stages with hopes that a wide-ranging partnership with one-time smartphone leader Nokia (NYSE: NOK  ) will pay off. Do the odds favor Mr. Softy? Or have Apple and Google grown too big, too fast?

The Motley Fool's Alison Southwick asks Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova for his perspective in the video below. Please watch, and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On February 26, 2013, at 9:30 PM, ScottAtlanta wrote:

    My hunch is the open source nature of Android will promote innovation beyond iOS and Windows. Leaving both, eventually, irrelevant in the mobile space.

  • Report this Comment On February 27, 2013, at 10:28 AM, chilero wrote:

    Windows Phone grew their UK market share by 240% over last year. It now stands at 6%, which while small, does show that it is growing its share in a growing market. Market share in Italy was 14% according to Kantar.

    It would be a stretch to ever imagine that it will catch iOS or Android but it can be a successful 3rd player.

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