Barbarians Led by Bill Gates: Microsoft From The Inside

How The World's Richest Corporation Wields Its Power

Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller

Henry Holt and Co.

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"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.

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Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller

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

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Barbarians Led by Bill Gates: Microsoft From The Inside
How The World's Richest Corporation Wields Its Power
Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
June 1998
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805057546
ISBN10: 0805057544
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$23.00
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