Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

"The IBM PC hardware keyboard only had one way that it could get a guaranteed interrupt generated", he said. So you know clearly the people involved they should have put another key on in order to make that work.

This isn't the first time that Gates has publicly talked about Ctrl-Alt-Delete being an annoyance. "I regret there was a period in the early 2000s when we were so focused on what we had to do around Windows [Vista] that we weren't able to redeploy talent to the new device called the phone", Ballmer had said.

The combination was used by Microsoft for Windows NT as a logon. The function could have been triggered when a single key is pressed, according to Bill Gates that IBM guy didn't want it.

"A lot of machines these days do have that as a more obvious function", says Bill Gates. The combination gives you access to functions like task manager, switch users, log off among others.

Speaking at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, as recorded from about the 8:30 mark in this video, Gates looked a touch bemused when Carlyle Group co-founder and CEO David Rubenstein asked about the infamous three-finger salute. "If I could make a small change, I'd do a single touch " he said.

Bill Gates poses with Windows 3.0, the 1990 operating system that introduced "control-alt-delete" to Windows.Microsoft ArchiveBill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and the world's richest man, is not usually one to look back. "We could have a single button".