Bill Gates Admits Control-Alt-Delete Was A Mistake

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 30 September 2013, 04:36 Hrs
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Bangalore: In an Interview held at a Harvard fundraising campaign, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates finally admitted that the use of Control-Alt-Delete key combination to force users to log into a PC was a mistake. Gate discussed his early days of building Microsoft where the Control-Alt-Delete key combination was an important design made to prevent other apps from stealing password by faking as the login prompt.

"It was a mistake. We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't wanna give us our single button." Gates admitted, leaving the crowd laughing at his honesty. David Bradley, an engineer behind the original IBM PC, invented this combination which was designed specifically to reboot a PC. In a previous interview, Bradely stated that even though he had invented the key combination, it was Bill who “made it famous”.  While Bradely came up with the combination to hasten the reboot process, Gates however, used it as a log-in requirement for Windows OS, forcing the users to remember the key combination even today.

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