The Microsoft Way: The Real Story of How the Company Outsmarts Its Competition
||Author: Randall E. Stross|
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Publisher: Perseus Publishing (September, 1997)
Sales Rank: 55,535
Average Customer Rating: 3.09 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Stross' book goes beyond explaining the ways of Microsoft to man, but explains what it takes to stay up-to-date. As is oft said, the leader of one revolution can not be the leader of another. Because Stross have had a total archival access that's why the reasons why Microsoft company is in the high stakes high technology business are very clear.
Tongue and cheek aside, this book is a real way of thinking in a company. Bill Gates is not the ruthless taskmaster that some people try to denonciate.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good insight into Microsoft's early days.
I purchased this book when it was first published, but went back and reread it recently. The book is broken down into four sections, the first being my favorite. As an entrepreneur I find the initial organization, growth, and recruiting patterns at Microsoft to be extremely valuable. I think that any company can learn from this section, especially companies with investments in intellectual capital.
The rest of the book is pretty good, but not as valuable as the first section was to me. It did have interesting discussions about Microsoft's early entry into the Personal Finance market going head to head against Intuit. This should have helped dispel many of the anti-trust issues as it shows that Microsoft is not alone in aggressively marketing their products.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Balanced and well-researched
I found this to be a very well-researched book. Stross provides details for all his points and conclusions. This is not a book by someone can can see no good in MSFT, nor by someone who can see no bad in MSFT.
An excellent book if one wants to understand what makes a great software firm.
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