- 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: 11 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.550.071 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Juni 1997
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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.
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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
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,
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.
It is though very disturbing to me that on one
heartbeat is portrayed an industry domination
resting, like no other that has been attained in
US business history but that is just the way
indeed it has been allowed to happen. The
conclusion from this book and the previous one,
makes it shallow, in some way, in that it is very
difficult to see anything but an imploding
Microsoft, taking down financial markets, in its
wake, without this one man, that may in fact be
an embellishment. The moxy gamesmanship, the
menacing marketing, and the obsessive
determinination to beat all comers to a pulp,
that Wallace has captured of William Henry Gates
III, while I am sure is not the final word on
this company it nevertheless is a compelling,
disturbing story of either success or excess.
This one I enjoyed.
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)
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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