Even Bill Gates does not use a Windows Phone. Wondering why?
The billionaire said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that he now uses a smartphone operating system from a longtime Microsoft rival.
His mobile OS of choice? Android.
“So, no iPhone?” Fox anchor Chris Wallace asked.
“No, no iPhone,” Gates replied.
“I happen to use all Windows-based PCs,” Gates told Fox News Sunday. “The phone that I have, I recently did switch to an Android phone.” The business tycoon then explained that it runs “a lot of Microsoft software.”
It’s not a good look for Microsoft that its founder doesn’t use its own mobile OS, but don’t blame Gates for making this essential switch.
Windows Phone has slowly and painfully vanished into insignificance. Even at its peak, Microsoft’s long overdue thrust into the smartphone space trailed its rivals in key areas, and could never overcome a massive gap in available apps.
Its only sign of life came in 2014 when the software giant purchased Nokia, but the ill-fated acquirement all but killed off the Finnish smartphone legend and left consumers with an unpleasant impression of Microsoft. Windows Phone now owns less than 1 percent of the mobile market share and no longer sells handsets from major third-party hardware vendors like Samsung, HTC, and LG.
Android is a safe destination for Gates.
Google’s OS owns more than 80 percent of the mobile market share with Apple’s iOS firmly holding the second place spot.
As Fortune points out, the Android device with “lots of Microsoft software” Gates teased may be the Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, a customized phone Microsoft created with help from Samsung. That device comes with a number of Microsoft services, like Office, LinkedIn, and Cortana.