Top 10 mistakes of Bill Gates
Bill Gates is considered as a great man. Many people look up to him. And a lot of people are inspired by his life. But then again like any other human being he also has his own mistakes. Here are the top 10 mistakes of Bill Gates.
- The man created a software monopoly and in return he got so many lawsuits for it.Bill Gates is still fighting with lawsuits.The source on wikipedia clearly stated that
United States v. Microsoft was a set of consolidated civil actions filed against Microsoft Corporation on May 18, 1998 by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and 20 U.S. states. Joel I. Klein was the lead prosecutor.The trial started on May 18, 1998 with the U.S. Justice Department and the Attorneys General of twenty U.S. states suing Microsoft for illegally thwarting competition in order to protect and extend its software monopoly.
- Bill Gates did not consider opensource. His business strategies always counter opensource principles and paradigm.You may be interested in his open-source debate In a Fortune magazine he clearly says that
It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.
- The Windows OS made Mr. Gates the richest man in the world. But its latest iteration is bombarded with lots of negative criticisms.
- He allowed Windows Mobile to happen. Did he run out of innovative ideas so he settled for a miniature Windows OS for mobile phone. He could have put up a team to design the OS from ground up.
- He let DOS die. It was a promising OS and a very stable one.
- Bill Gates did not think of cloud computing probably because of his proprietary Windows OS. But this is definitely one of his biggest mistakes.
- He allowed Windows Millennium edition to be released. The OS was definitely a reflection of the lack of talents from Microsoft. It failed the expectation of the people. It was premature.
- He ignored search. Look what happened to Google now. Bill Gates already made some moves about search in the end of the 90s and it was definitely a mistake to trash it.Scobleizer once revealed in his post that
I don’t think Microsoft is. The words are empty. Microsoft’s Internet execution sucks (on whole). Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks (look at that last post again). If that’s “in it to win” then I don’t get it. I saw a bunch of posts similar to the one on LiveSide coming out of the MVP Summit. I didn’t post any of them to my link blog for a reason: All were air, no real demonstrations of how Microsoft is going to lead.
- The Microsoft Zune is a mistake. A lot of money poured into its development but yet it did not yield enough profit.John Biggs from Crunchgear had a poetic post on “Who killed Microsoft?”.Some of the extract are as follows:
Who killed Microsoft? Why did all those jobs get lost?
“Not I,” said the Zune fanboy, “I got Zune, I’m no iToy Sure it didn’t do too much and too bad my girlfriend bought a Touch now we’re iTunes all the way what else do I have to say?”
- The Xbox on the other hand is too pricey for a gaming console and because of this; people go for other brands- the cheaper ones.This is only reason why Xbox price set to drop in war with Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s top-selling Wii. Those are the top 10 mistakes of Bill Gates. These might be some of the negative side of the guy but these will never take away his greatness.
Even with all this... MS WIN still being the most used OS in planet! I use, all my friends, all people with health and good vision too! Linux is good for some purposes. For all other ones... Windows take the place ALWAYS!
It was a mistake to read this shit. Seriously uneducated crap that could only come out of a Windows hater's mouth. Ditching DOS was a mistake. It was a promising OS? The world is in the toilet.
Al principio pensé que el artículo era una basura, hasta que vi la fecha: 15 Marzo 2009. Pues resulta que han pasado muchas cosas desde entonces:
windows millenium: fue un error como el windows vista, pero luego con xp en el primer caso y win7 en el segundo, esos errores se olvidan :p
DOS: lo ejecuto con cmd.exe desde mi win7 cuando quiero hacer algo desde consola (casi nunca).
Zune: ahora tenemos al windows phone que utiliza la base del software del zune y en reemplazo de windows mobile que sí fue un gravísimo error, dejando a MS al fondo de la tabla de OS para dispositivos móviles.
Xbox: una de las consolas más exitosas del momento y un éxito mayor con el kinect.
Bing: un buen buscador, incrementando su cuota de mercado.
Cloud computing: Dos cosas: azure y office 365.
Article is nuts.
His mistake, like every other organization that 'lost it' is missing out on the next hit. Microsoft had a jolly good run. However the parade has moved on. It's mobile with a nice touch screen thank you. Look at all the past big boys, DEC, IBM, Sony, AOL. All had it, but missed the float.
oh my god... how olld are u? 25??? wonderfull posts? cloud computing? Hey you are a marketing man or what else? !?!? What a stupid post...ahahaha
"M$’s #1 mistake?? Hiring Steve Ballmer. "
This is the problem of Microsoft now....
I my life i just followed bill gates, but have not researched about bill gates, thanks for a wonderful post about bill gates,now i know anyone should make wrong in their life...
Nice Information and worth considerable by Bill Gates however what he has done so far is still great ;)
anyway i'm recommending all of you
now don't think a lot.....
I only read the first 3 and I am already borred, come on. Let me tell you one little secret. He doesn't care.
He's (as stated in one of em) the richest man on earth... Law suites? He probably laughs at em and if his OS isn't working well, there are plenty of people that will buy it anyways, besides, what laptop or computer doesn't get sold with windows standard on it?
This seems to be a somewhat ill-researched article. Some of the mistakes are not actually mistakes, while others aren't quite accurate. Moreover, it doesn't get to the core of what the mistakes are, rather it just glosses over some observations.
"1. Bill Gates is still fighting with lawsuits."
No, Microsoft soft is. Bill Gates is a person, Microsoft is a business entity, legally they are very different. Bill Gates does not attend court every date to defend himself, Microsoft's legal representation handles the proceedings.
"2. Bill Gates did not consider opensource."
How many open source Operating Systems are worth anywhere as much as Windows? Ummm.... None... What does tha tell you?
"3. The Windows OS made Mr. Gates the richest man in the world. But its latest iteration is bombarded with lots of negative criticisms."
All versions of Windows are bombarded negative criticisms when they're first released...
"8. He ignored search" - Microsoft's Bing is one of the three most commonly used Search Engines along with Google and Yahoo. Prior to Bing there was MSN Search so it's not like Microsoft completely neglected online search.
And I could probably go on but I'm out of time...
> He let DOS die. It was a promising OS and a very stable one.
Ha ha ! DOS? My god, the greatest piece of crap pretending to be software _ever_ created.
I think you are one of the 90% of the people who are wondering how the other 10% are so rich. On the other hand, I do not agree that those are big mistakes (MIllennium, DOS, monopoly, windows mobile). Dude, open you mind and take a look on the market worldwide.
As long as I reckon, none of them were considered to be a great mistakes! For all the positive sides there always been a negative side! He is a legend in means of achieving his goal as a single man and as a corporation. If Linux is the best open-source ever how many people using it? there is always been a challenge between Security-Usability-Cost at-least he focused on usability and made a common people like me to think about other two constrains!However, he is still a visionary who has at-least seen the future for couple of decades and made it possible.Apart from,Often less knowledge about other matters - Refer his comments on General motors and rebuttals on them! Couple of decades after who knows! will there be windows? Linux? Mac? or any other open source! World is changing rapidly in that course he needs to given by life time achievement noble price, if one going to exist so!
@table linens: mine too
@mariah: use open source and killl ur time and money on support, and mac is offcourse is not for techies its for high schoolers
now blah blah blah and ha ha ha
@honey: totally bullshit article, gates is a man who made dream happen for non technical peoples to use computers frequently, bing is gaining popularity stealing shares form google,w8 looks great, office cloud good and offcourse sales of win 7 and xbox kinnect is a record.
very nice info about bill gets
and bill gets is a very big business men so mistake in business it not a big matter so keep it up
But why you have NOT mentioned anything about M$ Internet Explorer ? How is the future of IE? .... and @Singh you are treating your readers royally. Great
Crap post. Point 5 is hilarious: "He let DOS die". Try to do graphics and multitasking and plug and play on DOS. And with latest 32bit/64 bit processors available, using the 16bit DOS is like using an entire train for only 1 person to travel at a time. Use cmd.exe in windows whole day. You will get your DOS.
Frankly speaking "People who don't make mistakes are those who don't make anything". What's important is what Bill Gates did "right" instead of wrong. If he is the richest man in the world despite making these mistakes, I would like to repeat these same mistakes.
I only really agree with point 8 (lack of search). The others aren't true failures/mistakes. Yes, Me sucked ass, but it was a time filler until 2K came out, then XP.
The XBox isn't a mistake! It is one of the best-selling consoles!
The Windows Mobile UI has received a LOT of critical acclaim!
Even though I prefer Google as a search engine, Bing is also quite good and sometimes gives results which Google does not!
And even though the Microsoft Zune was not all that popular, it was a product which was MUCH better than the iPod! I have both and I personally prefer the Zune!
As for DOS dying, Bill Gates couldn't do anything about it!The public wanted something new! Plus, Gates had to compete with Jobs' Mac!
This is a VERY LAME "top 10 list". My 8 year old child can write better than this. And no real facts are given to back up any of these "failures". My biggest mistake? Reading this drivel and then actually wasting more time commenting on it.
Bill gates is a human being :) .. So he makes mistakes and in my opinion most of these are not mistakes (not technically)
thanks for the post :)
" No Windows, No Gates, It is OPEN; No Bill, It is FREE "
Use free Linux if you wanna save money or buy a Mac if you have money. Let the Microsoft's boot-lickers (also known as MVPs) use Windows and press ctrl + alt + del and install anti malwares, anti virus, anti blah blah blah...
i don't see these things as his mistakes... these were some of his projects those didn't worked out... this is what a business all about.
Bill Gates is not perfect. Committing mistakes is part of life. He is very successful and very rich though...
Too bad you forgot the biggest mistake, it's the one where he thought the internet wouln't be a hit. Afterwards he built internet explorer and got back on top, like always.
You have listed probably left out the biggest blunder of them all. Bill Gates very conveniently ignored the potent power of the Internet.
I really wonder why you debate all this shit...
BG has more money than you all together ever will see,
and he can afford to make mistakes, and he gives a shit,
it appears to be his success is greater/more profitable than his errors :P
Great summary of his mistakes. The main problem of the company is being unable to reorganize itself in accordance with the speed of change in information technologies. It feels like they fail to understand user needs. Google tries to create programs faster, smaller and requiring less system performance, where as Microsoft programs need better, faster, expensive computers. They missed the social network expansion, even though they had MSN Messenger, which was the most popular social networking program once. Google created gtalk which gives great performance even with video conferencing. You do not have to install anything, it's fully browser based. For Live messenger on the other side, you have to download more than 100 mbs to get a slow, crashing, unstable program full of ads, with a weak user interface. A lot of change has to be made within the company, or Microsoft will not last long...
You are nothing but... one of the losers who try to make name for themselves my writing shit about successful people...
You should be ashamed of yourself... instead of his mistakes you should have at least written how did he become worlds richest man...
Obviously he is not an idiot... he foresaw that software will make money you stupid piece of crap...