Microsoft Boss Regrets Stopping HP Windows Phone Tech Releases – 5 hours ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Satya Nadella expressed some of his regrets during his time as CEO of Microsoft. Including stopping the company’s Windows HP business.

According to him, the decision to leave the cellphone business could have been handled better. For example, by creating computing between cellphones, tablets and PCs.

“The decision that I think a lot of people are talking about, and one of the most difficult decisions I made when I was CEO, was to get out of what was defined as mobile telephony at that time,” he said, quoted from The VergeThursday (26/10/2023).


Microsoft only confirmed the death of Windows Phone years later. Even though six months after the decision was taken, the company still launched the Surface Duo and Surface Duo 2 with Android support.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

In the end there was no successor to the two phones. It’s unclear what the future holds for the Surface Duo.

Several former company bosses have also expressed regret about Microsoft’s involvement in the cellphone business. For example, founder and former CEO Bill Gates said his biggest regret was the company losing out to Android.

In 2005, Google is known to have acquired Android. In 2012, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt admitted the company’s initial focus was beating Windows Phone.

Apart from that, Steve Ballmer, who also served as CEO of Microsoft, was slow to respond to the threat of Android and iPhone. He only focused on Windows Phone and mocked the iPhone by calling it the world’s most expensive cellphone but unattractive to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard.

“I regret the period in the early 2000s when we were so focused on what to do with Windows [Vista] so it can’t move talent to new devices called phones,” Ballmer said.

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