Nightly News   |  September 26, 2013

The surprising story behind Control-Alt-Delete

Bill Gates admitted that “it was a mistake” to create a series of buttons to perform a command that could have been done with one button. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> perhaps your computer at home or work is like the ones we use here, one of the steam-powered models. have you asked yourself during this era of smartphones that respond to a wave of the hand or your fingerprint, why are we still using control-alt-delete? the man present at the creation of it said it was a mistake. that man happens to be bill gates and he made the startling admission in a video for harvard university .

>> we could have had a single button. the guy who did the ibm keyboard design didn't want to give us our single button. so we programmed it. it was a mistake. [ laughter ]

>> blame him, bill gates in a recent friendly keyboard deposition. not everybody is a control-alt-delete critic. some defend it because so much happens automatically, you