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Barbarians Led By Bill Gates: Microsoft from the Inside - How the World's Richest Corporation Wields Its Power

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Publisher Comments:

"Microsoft, a rather new corporation, may not have matured to the position where it understands how it should act with respect to the public interest."-U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin. Teamed with the daughter of one of Bill Gates's closest associates, thirteen-year Microsoft veteran Marlin Eller shows us what it was like at every step along Gates's route to world domination, making all that's been written before seem like a rough guess. If the Justice Department had Eller and Edstrom investigating the current-headline-making antitrust case, they would have on the record many of Microsoft's most respected developers directly contradicting the "authorized" version of events being presented in court. They would know the real scoop on how Windows was developed in the first place, shedding new light on the 1988 Apple v. Microsoft lawsuit over the alleged copying of the Mac. They would even know the real story of how Microsoft killed off Go Corporation, told for the first time by the man who did the deed, Marlin Eller himself. Revealing the smoke-and-mirror deals, the palms greased to help launch a product that didn't exist, and the boneyard of once-thriving competitors targeted by the Gates juggernaut, this book demonstrates with often hilariously damning detail the Microsoft muddle that passes for strategic direction, offset by Gates's uncanny ability to come from behind to crush whoever's on top.

Book News Annotation:

The daughter of Microsoft public relations guru Pam Erdstom ("Gate's Keeper") and a former lead Windows' graphics developer wax knowledgeably about whether billionaire Bill Gates heads an evil software empire clashing with US anti-trust laws, or is a sour grapes' victim of competitors like Netscape jealous of his phenomenal success.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Teamed with the daughter of one of Bill Gates's closest associates, thirteen- year Microsoft veteran Marlin Eller illuminates every step along Gates's route to world domination and to Microsoft's current headline-making federal antitrust case, making all that's been written before seem like a rough guess. Revealing the smoke-and- mirror deals, the launching of products that didn't exist, and the boneyard of once-thriving competitors targeted by the Gates juggernaut, this book demonstrates with often hilariously damning detail the Microsoft muddle that passes for strategic direction, offset by Gates's uncanny ability to come from behind to crush whoever is winning. Edstrom and Eller's unrivaled access to key players and their ability to get them to tell the real story makes for a rollicking roller-coaster ride of narrative journalism.

About the Author

Jennifer Edstrom is the daughter of Gates's Keeper, Pam Edstrom, Microsoft's PR guru since 1982. Marlin Eller was from 1982 to 1995 principal architect of Windows, the development lead on Pen Windows, and central to Microsoft's first foray into Internet communications.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805057546
Subtitle:
How The World's Richest Corporation Wields Its Power
Author:
Edstrom, Jennifer
Author:
Edstrom, Jennifer
Author:
Eller, Marlin
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Corporate History
Subject:
Infrastructure
Subject:
Computer Industry
Subject:
Microsoft corporation
Subject:
Computer software industry
Subject:
Gates, Bill
Subject:
Computer software industry -- United States.
Subject:
Corporate & Business History
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
lst ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990630
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.37x6.34x1.10 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Teamed with the daughter of one of Bill Gates's closest associates, thirteen- year Microsoft veteran Marlin Eller illuminates every step along Gates's route to world domination and to Microsoft's current headline-making federal antitrust case, making all that's been written before seem like a rough guess. Revealing the smoke-and- mirror deals, the launching of products that didn't exist, and the boneyard of once-thriving competitors targeted by the Gates juggernaut, this book demonstrates with often hilariously damning detail the Microsoft muddle that passes for strategic direction, offset by Gates's uncanny ability to come from behind to crush whoever is winning. Edstrom and Eller's unrivaled access to key players and their ability to get them to tell the real story makes for a rollicking roller-coaster ride of narrative journalism.

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