He was quoted to have said “Recently, I actually did switch to an Android phone,” he said, speaking on Fox News Sunday.
Microsoft’s Windows Phones have been dead for a good year now having failed to make a significant impact on the Smartphone market, which is dominated by Google’s Android operating devices.
Microsoft struggled to make a success of its own mobile operating system, Windows Phone.
This probably made Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates conclude it’s time to discard the Windows OS powered device and embrace Android’s.
He reveals he’s now using an Android phone. Although, he did not reveal which particular smartphone he currently uses,
he does note that it has “a lot of Microsoft software” on it, which could suggest it’s a special Microsoft Edition Samsung Galaxy S8 handset with bundled software.
Microsoft started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 handset in its retail stores earlier this year, and it includes apps like Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and Outlook. Any Android phone also supports these apps, but Microsoft’s customized S8 does suggest the company might continue to offer this for other Android devices in the future.
While Gates is switching to Android, he’s still not interested in an iPhone. Gates famously banned iPhones and iPods at home in the past, but he does admit that Steve Jobs was a “genius” in the Fox interview.
When asked whether he also had an iPhone, perhaps as a secondary device, he replied: “No, no iPhone.”
Gates is still using Windows-based PCs, but he’s still not switching over to an iPhone, despite the Steve Jobs praise.
In 2014, the software giant paid $7.2bn (£5.5bn) for Nokia’s handset business, but Windows-powered phones accounted for fewer than 1% of global smartphone sales in 2016.
Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, can power smartphones in addition to laptops, tablets and desktop computers. However, few Windows 10 smartphones have been released.
In April, Microsoft started selling a customised version of Samsung’s Galaxy 8 smartphone in its US stores.
“Microsoft’s strategy under its current chief executive Satya Nadella is to make Microsoft apps and services widely available on Android and iPhone,” said Ian Fogg, an analyst at the tech consultancy IHS Markit.
“That’s where their customers are these days.”
The “Microsoft Edition” phone comes with the firm’s apps such as Office, Outlook email and its voice assistant Cortana included.
“It used to be putting the Windows operating system on everyone’s phone was a priority, but now it’s about selling services such as Office and Outlook email,” said Mr Fogg.
“To do that, you have to make those services available on every device.”
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