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Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juni 1997


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 308 Seiten
  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons (Juni 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0471180416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471180418
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 2,8 x 24,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (11 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.045.280 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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While Microsoft was occupied with the largest, most expensive consumer marketing effort in history, the launch of Windows 95, Netscape was equally busy capturing the Web browser market. By mid-1995 it looked as if Bill Gates and company had missed the paradigm shift created by the Internet, and many pundits doubted Microsoft could recover. Meanwhile, the Justice Department was aggressively investigating claims of unfair practices levied by Microsoft's competitors. Suddenly the company found itself in the unfamiliar role of lumbering corporate giant--and underdog. James Wallace's Overdrive, his sequel to Hard Drive, is the story of Microsoft's response to this challenge. A veteran investigative reporter, the author paints a vivid portrait of Gates's determination and competitive ferocity, with a host of revealing anecdotes and details as backdrop. The battle for control of cyberspace is far from over, but Microsoft is clearly not to be trifled with. The tale of how the company repositioned itself in the race makes for fascinating reading.

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James Wallace brings readers up to date on the Gates saga to 1997 and reveals the inside story of the struggle to keep Microsoft on top in the World Wide Web game. Based on interviews with friends, colleagues, competitors, and both current and former Microsoft employees, the text offers an inside view as one of the world's visionary business minds faces the challenge of his career.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 8. September 1997
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This isn't a patch on Hard Drive. Whereas Hard Drive was one of the best reads I've had, Overdrive is neither objective or intesting.

It seems apparent that Hard Drive benefited substantially from having Jim Erickson as one of the authors.

Overdrive is written by James Wallace alone. And it shows. His biased negative opinion of Microsoft shows through.

Wallace is also not a very good writer.

For example, when writing about the actions undertaken by the Justice Department to investigate Microsoft, Wallace documents boring details about which lawyers were involved, what their backgrounds were, etc., and he stretches this section out until it is completely out of place in this book.

This is a difficult read because of the bias and poor writing ability of Wallace.<P
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Von Ein Kunde am 13. Juni 1997
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I enjoyed reading Overdrive and while initialy
reserving judgement on a book that uses

journalistic sources rather than references,

appreciated alot of the connivery going on. The

observation about Philippe Kahn, a long time

nemesis who dared, and

Bill Gates, being like matter and anti-matter

trying to exist in the same space was great.

The Spyglass deal on how the legal manouveurs

came about to attain the Mosaic browser and the

amazement captured by quotes from the Spyglass

people directly involved when they found it was

to be distributed "free", was one word: amazing.

The plentiful quotes from all the people

involved, and the detail on the deal making

involved say with Java, the centrepiece of the

next revolution of technology, both in and

outside of Microsoft, bespeaks well of the energy

this author devoted to his topic and the obvious

cooperation he received from everyone involved

but surprisingly, the increasingly withdrawn,

Bill Gates.

I think however that Wallace should have put more

into his closing chapter, leaving a certain empty

feeling just after closing the book. I thought a

more speculative ending with more on the likely

fallout of the dichotomy between Gates balancing

anti-competitive restraints on unfavourable

change with the favourable change, all within his

control, would have been more enlightening.
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Von Ein Kunde am 2. September 1997
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
A lot of book exist about the story of Microsoft from its start to about 1993-1994. Until now there wasn't one detailing the events after that year.
Starting from the day of the Windows 95 world wide widespread (I just need 3 W words!) it take us on a tour about what happened in the last years, from the legal causes to the main change of road that has taken Microsoft to be a dominant player also in the Internetet market.
The book has its major flaws in the fact that sometimes is not so deep and leaves a lot of things pending. Beside that it talks a lot about how a judge was about to change the ruling of the FTC based on author previous book. I don't live in America but I think that american judges could go deeper that a single book (it seems a sort of free promotion of its previuos book!). Also the parte about Gates marriage is a little to long, but it's fun.

Despite all this flaws the book has one HUGE merit: it's the only that exist now about the subject. I think it's worth reading, but maybe an update release in one year or so would be very appreciated by readers (maybe just one two chapter free of charge on the web would be nice)
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I'm actually quite surprised at all the decent reviews of this book...I had to double-check that I had the right page on Amazon's site. Overdrive is an extremely poor quality follow-up to the excellent Hard Drive and has little to its merit. It is a disjointed, unfocused, biased, poorly written, and outright painful read. I agree with the comment that Jim Erickson's contribution must have been substantial; the evidence is overwhelming. I have read almost every book on Gates and Microsoft I could get my hands on, and this one qualifies without a shadow of doubt as the worst. Buyers of this book will walk away with some dollars less in their pocket and very little else...in fact, it's only been a couple of weeks since I read it and I already can't remember anything of substance whatsoever. Save your money for the original Hard Drive...a far superior work and still relevant.
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Von Ein Kunde am 14. Mai 1997
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When you're the richest man in the world, how much
of an underdog can you possibly be? If you throw
enough money at a problem, you can do things like
send a man to the moon, build nuclear weapons,
and yes, even beat Netscape. Is it any surprise
that Microsoft is becoming a major player in the
Internet? It's only a matter of time before Gates
misses another parade, and then marches out in
front and claims to lead it.
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