Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is one of the most successful American businessmen of the last few decades, but he doesn’t think he’s perfect. In a recent interview at Harvard University, Gates admits that the Control-Alt-Delete key combination used to log into a computer was a mistake.
According to theverge.com:
“Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has finally admitted that forcing users to press the Control-Alt-Delete key combination to log into a PC was a mistake. In an interview at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Gates discusses his early days building Microsoft and the all-important Control-Alt-Delete decision. If you’ve used an old version of the software or use Windows at work, then you will have experienced the odd requirement. Gates explains the key combination is designed to prevent other apps from faking the login prompt and stealing a password.”
“It was a mistake,” Gates admitted. “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button.”
In the interview Gates also touches on other topics such as his decision to drop out Harvard, his recent philanthropy work, and Microsoft’s work with Apple in their earlier days.
Check out the entire interview below