How many times have we all used Ctrl-Alt-Del on the keyboard when our Windows PC freezes? Too many to count. It’s normally the first fix we try when something goes wrong.
Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates has never been a fan of Ctrl-Alt-Del and apparently, he still doesn’t like it.
Gates called this a “mistake” back in 2013. He always wanted a single button for this function but “the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” he said. I see his point. It would be better with just one button so you can do it with one hand. In case you don’t know, Ctrl-Alt-Del is a force quit function on Windows. It’s used when the OS freezes. The function also comes in handy when you want to use the Task Manager or just reboot the system.
Speaking at a Bloomberg business forum, Gates still insists that this function should have been easier. “The IBM PC hardware keyboard only had one way that it could get a guaranteed interrupt generated,” he explained when asked about the function.
“So, clearly the people involved, they should have put another key on it to make that work. A lot of machines these days do have that as a more obvious function,” he added. I’m with you Bill.