Bill Gates admits Ctrl+Alt+Del was a mistake

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years ago)

At a recent Harvard conference the founder of Microsoft talked about how big a mistake it was that Windows users have been forced to use Ctrl+Alt+Del to login to their computers. “It was a mistake,” Bill Gates said, in a burst of honesty that made his audience laugh, before turning the blame onto IBM. “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard didn’t wanna give us our single button.” Gates then went on to explain that the key combination was designed to bolster security against malicious programs stealing passwords.

The key combination, used primarily for force-restarting a PC, is still in existence today in Windows 8, which is the latest version of the operating system. Ctrl+Alt-Del was just one of the mistakes Bill Gates talked about. Gates especially focused on his regret that Microsoft took too long to compete in the cellphone market, having focused primarily on the PC industry. With CEO Steve Ballster set to retire soon, Microsoft are on the hunt for a new CEO, through whom they plan to explore a variety of new markets. 

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