In an interview at the Harvard fundraising campaign, Microsoft co. founder and the former world’s richest man Bill Gates has admitted that a decision to have Control+Alt+Delete as the key combination for the users to login to PC was a mistake. Gates also says that the key combination was designed and is being used in windows PCs and OSs to prevent other apps from faking the login prompt and stealing a password.
Bill Gates blames the keyboard designer at IBM, David Bradley (The man behind this keyword combination) for not giving Microsoft a single button. Bill Gates had to say the following about the key combination which he thinks ruined the user experience.
“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.”
In an interview which seems to have happened several years ago, David Bradley who is the inventor of the famously infamous key combination (was originally intended to reboot the PC) said in front of Bill Gates that “I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous”.
Here is a video of Bill Gates’ recent interview at Harvard Fundraising event where in Bill Gates this and several other mistakes that he thinks Microsoft has made in the past.
PCs running windows XP and 7 still use the key combination everyday. The Control+Alt+Delete key combination even now exists on Windows 8 allowing users to access task manager or to lock their machine.