You know Windows phone is truly dead when even Microsoft founder Bill Gates decides to move on and switch to Android phone. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed that he is using an Android phone, but refused to divulge more details about the model.
Gates was however quick to note that his new phone has ‘a lot of Microsoft software’ on it which indicates that it might be a special Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy 8 handset with bundled software. Microsoft had started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 earlier this year in the retail stores.
“I happen to use all Windows-based PCs. The phone that I have recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone with lot of Microsoft software, but the competition in software and IT space that Steve [Jobs] help foster, is phenomenal and Microsoft is a big part of that,” Gates was quoted as saying by Fox News Sunday.
The world’s richest man Bill Gates, however has reservations about using Apple iPhone even though he believes Steve Jobs was a ‘genious’. Gates had famously banned iPhones and iPods at home in the past.
Microsoft’s software has had a long stint with mobile phones, starting with Windows CE on handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) in 1996, and then morphing into Windows Mobile in 2,000. Seeing success of Apple’s iOS in 2007, Microsoft had rebranded to Windows phone in 2010. However, it failed to simplify its software and draw enough app developers in order to give stiff competition to Apple.
It has now been two years since Microsoft’s last Windows release for phones. Windows 10 mobile had debuted on the Lumia 950.