Microsoft’s attempts at capturing the smartphone market have all failed spectacularly, and it appears the company’s co-founder has no faith in the current Windows 10 Mobile ecosystem. Under Satya Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft has brought its much-used productivity software to both Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms, and it seems former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates seems satisfied with this route. In an interview, Gates shared he is now using an Android smartphone with lots of Microsoft software on board, choosing it over an iPhone.
Bill Gates said, “It’s great that Apple is continuing to good work [after Steve Jobs passed away]. 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.”
Although Bill Gates didn’t share the exact Android handset that he is using as his daily driver, the reference to “lot of Microsoft software” helps us speculate that he might be talking about the Microsoft edition of either Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, which were launched in April by the company this year. To recall, the Microsoft-customised version of the smartphones comes with the Redmond-based company’s applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.
Putting aside any doubts that Gates might be using an iPhone as well on the side, he simply said, “No, no iPhone” when the interviewer asked him if he is not using the iPhone. While Gates might not be using an iPhone, he did not hold back while complimenting Steve Jobs and Apple for their work in the industry during the interview.