Bill Gates Admits Control-Alt-Delete Key-combination Was A Mistake

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Bill Gates had a chat with David Rubenstein, Harvard Campaign co-chair for a Harvard fundraising campaign. In that Gates revealed that it was a mistake to force users to use hold down “Ctrl+Alt+Del” to log into their computers and he also blamed IBM for doing so.

“You want to have something you do with the keyboard that is signaling to a very low level of the software — actually hard-coded in the hardware — that it really is bringing in the operating system you expect, instead of just a funny piece of software that puts up a screen that looks like a log-in screen, and then it listens to your password and then it’s able to do that,” Gates said.

The Microsoft co-founder said that there was an option to make a single button for such a command, but the IBM keyboard designer didn’t want to give Microsoft a single button. So Microsoft decided to use “Ctrl+Alt+Del” as a way to log into Windows.

“It was a mistake,” Gates said, drawing a big laugh from the crowd.

BM engineer David Bradley in an interview told that, “I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous,”. Read more from the link below. I

via: Geekwire

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  • anujgoyal

    he could have added that button on the surface pro

    • Anonymous

      which would be of what use?

      • Jimmy_Jangle

        It would basically replicate ctrl + alt + delete, much like the Windows key does ctrl + esc.

    • nohone

      And then the Apple fanboys would be running around laughing because a Windows tablet needs a key to be able to log in and out, and the media would claim that it makes the user’s experience more complicated.
      C-A-D is rarely used today because there is not much functionality behind it – locking the computer (power button), switch user/log off (power button off, power button on), log off (swipe in from the side, select settings, select power, click log off), task manager (tap and hold on the app bar, choose start task manager), change password (computer settings). These are not operations you are doing every day, and I can think of buttons that could be used to do other work rather than these seldom used functions.

  • Oliver

    When was ctrl-alt-delete used to log in? That sounds ridiculous to me (born1993, FYI).

    I thought the point of the combination was that it can be done from any screen, within any programme, and it was designed that way to make it hard to accidentally press. No?

    • Elyl

      Ctrl+Alt+Del has been used since NT for logging in to the system (along with other functions).

    • Mark

      Ctrl+Alt+Delete was designed as a way to trigger a hardware response, circumventing any and all other software, except the OS.
      This combination determines Hardware Restart in MSDOS and Windows pre NT.

      Since Windows NT (1993) this combination determines Log-In and/or System Menu
      Now, because C+A+D determined system reset before NT, any and all software running (such as possible trojan horses, viruses, etc.) except the OS, receive C+A+D and are “terminated”, and you know that the OS and only the OS responds to your request – such as logging into the system.

      Of course, in 2013, no programs are terminated, but only the OS can process/respond to this hardware combination.

    • Yuan Taizong

      Born during the same year (F.Y.I.) and it is required for logging into the system and various applications, also for logging out, whenever there’s a hardware malfunction (whether or XP or on 8) you can simply type those 3 buttons.

  • Yuan Taizong

    I honestly agree with Bill, having 1 button (in the similar fashion of F1, F2. F3. F4. F5. F6. F7. F8. F9. F10. F11 and F12, as well as PrtSc, Pause Break, Ins, Del, Etc.) would’ve been way easier than this combination, but it looks just so awesome to use around atechnical people :-P

  • Wtechrover

    Ctrl-Alt-Ins for VMWare so VMWare followed on something wrong? ;)

  • nohone

    Reading some other sites about this, they are treating it like some huge f-up my Gates and Microsoft, almost like it shows how Microsoft is out of touch with the common user and they really shouldn’t be in the computing industry. Demonize Microsoft at any cost for any reason.