Bill Gates may not be involved with the day-to-day operations of Microsoft Corp. anymore, but he's still got plenty of opinions about the company he founded nearly four decades ago.
"There's a lot of things like cellphones where we didn't get out in the lead very early," the 57-year-old billionaire, who serves as chairman of the software giant, said in an interview on "CBS This Morning."
When cohost Charlie Rose asked why, Gates replied: "Oh, that's too complicated. We didn't miss cellphones, but the way we went about it didn't allow us to get the leadership. It's clearly a mistake."
Although Gates laughed when Rose pointed out that much of the chatter around Microsoft usually has to do with perceptions that the company needs fixing, the philanthropist admitted that he and the company's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, are "two of the most self-critical people I can imagine."