Bill Gates may not be as involved with Microsoft these days than he was five years ago but the founder of the company is still deeply invested in the company. Gates recently said that he was proud of products like Bing and Windows 8 but also said that he was “not satisfied” with the company’s output.
Gates, who sat down with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning, seemed upset that Apple and Steve Jobs had released many of the big “breakthrough” products over the years while Microsoft has played catch up.
“We didn’t get out in the lead very early (on cellphones).We didn’t miss cell phones, but the way that we went about it didn’t allow us to get the leadership. So it’s clearly a mistake.”
Gates said that Microsoft has done great work in recent years but quickly added that it wasn’t enough.
“There were a lot of amazing things that Steve’s leadership got done with the company in the last year. Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer. Bing, people are seeing as a better search product, Xbox. But is — is it enough? No, (Steve Ballmer) and I are not satisfied that in terms of, you know, breakthrough things, that we’re doing everything possible.”
Gates recently touted Bing as a “better product” than Google but Microsoft’s search engine is still playing catchup to its main competitor.
What do you think of Microsoft’s products? Do you agree with Bill Gates? Is Microsoft lagging behind in the “breakthrough” category?