Bill Gates has switched mobile operating systems and is now using Android. The man who’s made a massive fortune from the Microsoft empire may have put the final nail in the Windows Phone coffin. While Bill Gates is no longer the CEO of Microsoft, he still sits as one of the companies technology advisors and probably holds a good amount of stock. It’s rather telling to see Bill Gates admit to switching to Android, although he does say the majority of the apps he uses are Microsoft apps. It’s telling because this begs the question, what is happening with Windows Phone?
Over the past few years, many tech blogs have written off Windows Phone declaring its death multiple times. Every time that happens, some form of Windows Phone emerges hoping to take the helm and breathe life back into the platform. So now that Bill Gates himself has laid his Windows Phone to rest, is Microsoft doing the same with the whole project?
Some are finding it interesting that Gates didn’t switch to iOS instead, but I think his move to Android makes sense. Gates comes from a background that lends itself better to the ecosystem of Android and while I’m sure he’s got his issues with Google, his issues with Apple and their products are probably much broader. Not to mention Apple restricts users from easily modifying their wares, an option I’m sure a nerd like Bill Gates likes to have.
So it will be interesting to see where Microsoft is going to take Windows Phone in the near future. Perhaps they’ll spin it off into something completely different. Perhaps they’ll just stick a fork in it and call it a day. I’ve said it before, I’ve enjoyed Windows Phone hardware and software in the past and I wish it could rise up and compete with the big two. But at the end of the day, it’s the lack of apps and ecosystem that have hurt the platform.Source: VentureBeat