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Microsoft’s Bill Gates Mistakes

06/08/2009 1 comment

Bill Gates is considered as a great man. Many people look up to him. And a lot of people are inspired by his life. But then again like any other human being he also has his own mistakes. Here are the top 10 mistakes of Bill Gates.


  • The man created a software monopoly and in return he got so many lawsuits for it.Bill Gates is still fighting with lawsuits.The source on wikipedia clearly stated that

    “United States v. Microsoft was a set of consolidated civil actions filed against Microsoft Corporation on May 18, 1998 by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and 20 U.S. states. Joel I. Klein was the lead prosecutor.The trial started on May 18, 1998 with the U.S. Justice Department and the Attorneys General of twenty U.S. states suing Microsoft for illegally thwarting competition in order to protect and extend its software monopoly.”

  • Bill Gates did not consider opensource. His business strategies always counter opensource principles and paradigm.You may be interested in his open-source debate In a Fortune magazine he clearly says that
  • “It’s easier for our software to compete with Linux when there’s piracy than when there’s not.”

  • The Windows OS made Mr. Gates the richest man in the world. But its latest iteration is bombarded with lots of negative criticisms.
  • He allowed Windows Mobile to happen. Did he run out of innovative ideas so he settled for a miniature Windows OS for mobile phone. He could have put up a team to design the OS from ground up.
  • He let DOS die. It was a promising OS and a very stable one.
  • Bill Gates did not think of cloud computing probably because of his proprietary Windows OS. But this is definitely one of his biggest mistakes.
  • He allowed Windows Millennium edition to be released. The OS was definitely a reflection of the lack of talents from Microsoft. It failed the expectation of the people. It was premature.
  • He ignored search. Look what happened to Google now. Bill Gates already made some moves about search in the end of the 90s and it was definitely a mistake to trash it.Scobleizer once revealed in his post thatLook at my last post. Now read this one over on LiveSide. It’s a short report that Microsoft executives are bragging to MVPs that “we’re in it to win.”

    I don’t think Microsoft is. The words are empty. Microsoft’s Internet execution sucks (on whole). Its search sucks. Its advertising sucks (look at that last post again). If that’s “in it to win” then I don’t get it. I saw a bunch of posts similar to the one on LiveSide coming out of the MVP Summit. I didn’t post any of them to my link blog for a reason: All were air, no real demonstrations of how Microsoft is going to lead.

  • The Microsoft Zune is a mistake. A lot of money poured into its development but yet it did not yield enough profit.John Biggs from Crunchgear had a poetic post on “Who killed Microsoft?”.Some of the extract are as follows:

    Who killed Microsoft? Why did all those jobs get lost?

    “Not I,” said the Zune fanboy, “I got Zune, I’m no iToy Sure it didn’t do too much and too bad my girlfriend bought a Touch now we’re iTunes all the way what else do I have to say?”

  • The Xbox on the other hand is too pricey for a gaming console and because of this; people go for other brands- the cheaper ones.This is only reason why Xbox price set to drop in war with  Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s top-selling Wii. Those are the top 10 mistakes of Bill Gates. These might be some of the negative side of the guy but these will never take away his greatness.


    Twitter mistakes

    05/08/2009 33 comments

    The 10 Stupidest Mistake And Most Misused Apps For Twitter That Will Make People Ignore Or Hate You And Your Business


    1. Blip (and other music stations)

    Sharing your musical choices is great fun. Updating Twitter every single time you play a track is stupid. Why do you think people like radio stations where they hear lots of tracks and hardly any voice? Why do you think visitors scream at blog owners to switch off the damned music plug-in? Yes, that’s right – because it’s annoying!

    Do it right: Just link your Blip ’station’ URL – and not too often.


    They’re inspirational. They’re profound. They’re funny. They show us that you are none of those things and have nothing to say. They get you unfollowed. Stop it. (That also goes for sending the same message every hour, on the hour, by the way)

    Do it right: Just don’t do it!

    3. Auto-follow

    I’m not sure who invented the idea of auto-following everyone who follows them (or who follows someone else, for that matter). It’s a stupid idea. The point of Twitter is to listen to and talk with people who interest you, not just anybody who happens to randomly hit your profile page. Switch it off.

    Do it right: Follow people who interest you.

    4. Auto-DM

    When I follow you, I don’t need your thanks – what you’re saying is interesting and useful. If you want to send a personal message, that’s great, but don’t spam me with some crap about being really grateful or your latest way of earning $65,000 in a month. Businesses who send a link to their web site are even worse – hello, I know how to click on a profile, thank you. Send me a $5 gift voucher instead.

    Do it right: Ask people to introduce themselves and reply when they do.

    5. Auto-Tweet

    Automatically sending individual links to absolutely everything you publish on your blog, every single picture you post (on Twitpic or Flickr) or every single job you post on your site is possibly the most infuriating pile of spam ever. It’s hard enough keeping up with the good content from more than ten people without having to deal with your Tweet-diarrhoea.

    Do it right: Summarise. Post a link to that.

    6. Auto-RT bots

    Noticed the trend for stupid apps yet? Yes, they’re automated. This is the worst: bots that constantly search for the use of a word or phrase and automatically reTweet it! What’s the point of that? So I said “Woot”. So what? Astoundingly pointless waste of time, energy and resources.

    Do it right: Delete the bot. Sell the parts and donate to charity.

    7. Web pages that auto-tweet

    You’ve built a killer app. You have hundreds of people registering. You have thousands of hits every day. And your web site sends an automatic Tweet through their account every time someone registers or uses the site. Allow me to clarify something for you here: that’s not advertising. It’s annoying, stupid spam. Word of mouth doesn’t work when you’re the one speaking on someone else’s behalf.

    Do it right: Give people the option, don’t force the Tweet.

    8. Twittascope

    This is worse than the music. Yes, I know it’s only once a day, but why on earth would anybody be interested in someone else’s horoscope? Hello? Go back up the list and read numbers 1 and 7. Thank you.

    Do it right: Just don’t do it. Unless there’s a hilarious coincidence – then blog it and link that.

    9. Follower finders

    The Tweets that people have added themselves to YATD (Yet Another Twitter Directory) are annoying enough (see 7), but the constant advertising that I can find another 50,000 people who are interested in the same things as me just by registering are even worse. The idea of “natural growth” in membership and the fact that these followers are chosen from a list of spammers who register in every category has obviously not occurred to you yet.

    Do it right: If the site’s good, tell us. Otherwise, we don’t care.

    10. Advertising

    Please read the post entitled “Bend over, I want to sell you something” . Advertising in any social media is an enormous faux-pas unless you do it very, very well and actually engage your audience. Doing it on Twitter is the quickest route to follower-migration ever. I’m not even going to mention paid-per-Tweet models of earning. Oh, poop, I just did.