Bill Gates at bloomberg
Bill Gates at bloomberg
Bill Gates at bloomberg

The “CTRL+ALT+DEL” a command for launching into action the Task Manager tool on the windows vista Operating System back in the days of its invention and reign. This tool is necessary and comes into play when your system is unresponsive or there is a lag caused by an application.

In a funny way has continued to beg the question “Why so many key combinations rather than a single prompt key” and have it thrown at the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in the person of Bill Gates. However, at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum,  Bill Gates was asked why he chose Ctrl+Alt+Del and why he ever thought the combination was a good idea.

In his words “You can’t go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk,” but sure. If I could make one small edit I would make that a single key operation.

Meanwhile, in 2013,  a similar confession was made by him but he blamed IBM for the issue, saying, “The guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button”

Then again in some opinions, CTRL +ALT+DEL is supposed to be a *good* thing. There is little chance of pressing these combinations by accident —a dedicated button would have been a waste of keyboard real estate, and resulted in far more inadvertent task manager prompts.

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