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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates this week participated in his first meeting on Clubhouse, the increasingly popular invite-only conversation app, where he fielded a range of questions as part of an ongoing book tour.

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Gates was interviewed by journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, and given that the Clubhouse app is currently only available on iOS, naturally one of the questions that came up was whether Gates regularly uses an iPhone and if he prefers iOS over Android.
"I actually use an Android phone," Gates said. "Because I want to keep track of everything, I'll often play around with iPhones, but the one I carry around happens to be Android."

"So Android vs Apple – is this a religious thing?" asked Sorkin.

"Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me," Gates replied. "They're more flexible about how the software connects up with the operating system. So that's what I ended up getting used to. You know, a lot of my friends have iPhone, so there's no purity."
Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davison, who was also in the room briefly, told Gates and Sorkin that an Android version of the app is the "top feature" that they're currently working towards and are most excited about.

In a 2019 interview, Gates admitted that Microsoft losing to Android as the standard non-Apple phone platform was "one of one of the greatest mistakes of all time" for the Redmond-based company.

In fairness to Gates, it was Steve Ballmer who served as Microsoft's CEO between 2000 and 2014. Ballmer infamously laughed off the iPhone, but Apple had the last laugh, as Windows Phone failed to ever gain any significant market share among mobile operating systems and was ultimately abandoned.

During the Clubhouse meeting, Gates admitted he had an uneasy relationship with Steve Jobs, but called the former Apple CEO "unique." Other topics that came up in Wednesday's online discussion included the global health crisis, climate change, and Gates' new book "How to Avoid a Climate Disaster." The full interview is available on YouTube.

Article Link: Bill Gates Says His Preference for Android Over iPhone is Due to Pre-Installed Software
 
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contacos

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doesn't even make sense.

  • Set Bing as default search engine? - no problem
  • Make Outlook default e-mail app? - no problem
  • Make mobile edge (is that a thing?) default browser? - no problem
  • Integrate one drive? - no problem
I would say the Office Apps are also far better optimised and integrated on iOS than Android.

Clearly he is just too lazy or hasn't used an iPhone much
 
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chucker23n1

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"Some of the Android manufacturers pre-install Microsoft software in a way that makes it easy for me,"

Uh. You used to be a software developer and installing software via the App Store is… too hard for you?

I just have no idea what that means.

"They're more flexible about how the software connects up with the operating system."

That's true, yes, but it would've been nice to see actual examples of how he uses this.
 
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bollman

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TBH, if you reside in a Microsoft-only world, why bother with a system that requires you to have additional accounts?
An Android phone can be used without a Google account on it, try using an iPhone without an AppleID... oh, you can't even get into the bloody phone without it!
 
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AgentWalker

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doesn't even make sense.

  • Set Bing as default search engine? - no problem
  • Make Outlook default e-mail app? - no problem
  • Make mobile edge (is that a thing?) default browser? - no problem
  • Integrate one drive? - no problem
I would say the Office Apps are also far better optimised and integrated on iOS than Android.

Clearly he is just too lazy or hasn't used an iPhone much
Lol I mostly Agree with you but I guess Maybe to be fair, he did say it was the one he got use to and since apple wasn’t always this liberal, he probably went with android and just stuck there like most people do with their respective phone choice. What that means though is that as you said, he’s too lazy to give the iPhone a fair shake even though he said he’s played with them a bit.
 
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RadioHedgeFund

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Microsoft integration is still not at windows phone levels on either platform. Say you use OneDrive as your cloud backup service for your photography: nothing wrong with this until you want to edit your photographs using Google Photos is whatever gallery app is installed. Your edits are not synced back to OneDrive so you have to manually update them which is not convenient.

I would argue Microsoft integration is better on iOS. You have the files app which plugs into OneDrive, you have all the same apps as Android has and I can still play Halo on my iPhone.
 
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Kabeyun

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Gates admitted he had an uneasy relationship with Steve Jobs, but called the former Apple CEO "unique."
LOL! Calling a rival “unique” is like calling bad art “interesting.” Strategically tactful.

Or maybe he’s reached the age where he doesn’t care anymore. He just use whatever works for him.
If he chooses because it works better for him then he does care. He’s just reached an age where he’s not compelled to post in online forums about it.
 
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Relentless Power

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This is Bill Gates. Do you really think he is using a stock android version.. i think he implemented a smart assistant inside his house years before that was even a thing.
If I recall about the ‘smart assistant’ in his home, he opted for a beta testing program to control the functionality for lighting controls and automation in his home. I don’t think it’s anything he implemented or created, it was just a program that was being launched and he was chosen for obvious reasons given his background. I believe he even mentioned the name of the company that he was using something similar to HomeKit before it existed.
 
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Relentless Power

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Bill Gates is a odd fellow. Never cared for him when he was running Microsoft and like him even less now. DR DOS, RIP.
I guess ‘odd’ is kind of an exception when it comes to describing Bill Gates, don’t you think? What about Steve Jobs? He was borderline crazy, I would think ‘odd’ would be a complement for that man. I think when you look at ‘genius level’ people like Bill Gates, they don’t normally have qualities like others do, maybe that’s what separates them from being so different from others, because they rationalize and think on a completely different level that’s probably beyond our own understanding.
 
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ArPe

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Sound like he can’t be bothered with downloading MS apps and change the defaults?
MS Apps work Great in the iPhone.
I don’t know even if he uses Office apps. The guy reads like 7 books a day and gives 3 interviews a week. Probably only has time for email and SMS and an assistant does everything else. Assistant probably playing his Xbox too 😝
 
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