The general public believes that the US Department of Justice’s anti-monopoly investigation against Microsoft is a failure and unnecessary because in any case, Microsoft will eventually become a company that is not important to Google and Apple.
For a long time, Bill Gates has always believed that the US Department of Justice has placed antitrust supervisors in all of Microsoft’s high-level meetings. This has greatly weakened Microsoft’s competitive advantage and led to the stagnant development of products such as Internet Explorer and Windows Mobile.
Today, Bill Gates confirmed this point in an interview: “There’s no doubt the antitrust lawsuit was bad for Microsoft, and we would have been more focused on creating the phone operating system, and so instead of using Android today, you would be using Windows Mobile if it hadn’t been for the antitrust case.”
Bill Gates also said that the case distracted him a lot. Microsoft and Motorola reached an agreement to license the operating system three months later than expected. Of course, the commentators at the time might attribute it to Microsoft’s poor execution, but another important reason is that Bill Gates concentrated his efforts on other parts of Microsoft without giving Windows Mobile resources.