Gates admits awkward Windows command was 'a mistake'

SEATTLE -- Computer users have long puzzled over three little words built into the Windows operating system: Control-Alt-Delete.

Now comes a startling admission about the awkward 3-key command from Microsoft's co-founder, Bill Gates: Control-Alt-Delete was a mistake.

Gates explained during an interview at Harvard University.

"We could have had a single button [to log on to Windows]" Gates said. "But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn't want to give us our single button."

Finally Gates gave up and admitted "It was a mistake." The Harvard auditorium crowd laughed and cheered. Now though some computer experts say Gates is mistaken to call Control-Alt-Delete a mistake.

PC World magazine writes it was Gates' best mistake because it's a simple protection from accidentally logging out of Windows and losing your work.

By the way, the Harvard interviewer asked Gates if he'd made any other mistakes. Just one Gates said: Dropping out of Harvard.