Bill Gates: Control-Alt-Delete For Logging In Was A Mistake

Posted Sep 26, 2013

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently attended a Harvard fundraising campaign.  During the keynote, Gates talking about what it was like building Microsoft in the early days.  One of the first questions that Gates was asked if he ever thought about what his life would be like if he graduated.  He joked that one of the last times he was there and giving a speech, “Mark Zuckerberg was in the audience so I got him to drop out.”  Gates said that he spent around 3 years at Harvard and took a lot of courses.  Gates said that he had a lot of fun, but said it was important not to miss out on getting in on the ground floor.

When talking about making Control-Alt-Delete to log in, he believes that was a mistake that was made at Microsoft.  Gates said that this key combination was designed to prevent other apps from faking the login prompt and stealing the password.  “We could have had a single button, but the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t wanna give us our single button,” stated Gates.

[Source: TheVerge]