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Inside Out: Microsoft in Our Own Words Hardcover – Sep 2000


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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Warner (Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446527394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446527392
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 27.4 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,168,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
Who would have thought that Micro-soft, founded by Bill and Paul in 1975-1976 would have become Microsoft - the international corporation it is today? THis book tells of the ups and the downs, and the ins and the outs of Microsoft in all of it's 25 years. With an introduction by bill gates - and I quote: "We started with a vision of "a computer on every desk and in every home." This book tells the story of how we turned that vision-which many critics saw as nothing but a fantasy-into reality." This is a brilliant book - I recommend it to sceptics, 'fans' and absolutely anyone who has an opinion on Microsoft. It is great valie for money, and I have now bought extra copies for friends as gifts.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Preaching to the Choir 26 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book, intended primarily as an internal Microsoft morale booster, is an excellent read.
However, one must not forget that this book is intended to perpetuate the cult of Microsoft among its employees, and as such, contains inherent bias and self-flattery. Think of it as an exceptionally well-done recruiting brochure.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating look inside Microsoft 13 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book gives an unprecedented look inside the minds and lives that make up Microsoft. It's filled with little essays from each of hundreds upon hundreds of employees, organized topically -- a set of short essays about testing, about the difficulties of device driver support, about the concept of the social interface (think Bob), about the work environment... It paints a vivid picture of life inside of the most successful software company in the world, straight from its employees.
(It's also a handsome coffee table book, with vivid photography of the employees at work and at play to complement the text.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Deep thoughts from within Microsoft 13 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Inside Out is filled with fun and thoughtful comments by thousands of current and past Microsoft employees. It offers great insight into how various folks at Microsoft approach not just work but how they have fun as well.
A good read for those both Inside and Outside of Microsoft.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
raw sociological material 21 Jan. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This volume contains reminiscences of about a thousand MicroSoft employees who've worked there over its 25 year history, each about a third-page long in general chronological order. Interspersed are several longer pieces by the big guys like Bill and Paul and Bob. It reminds me of a high school yearbook. Most of the pieces are about business accomplishments, but there are digressions into work life, hobbies, and feelings about change at MS.
The book is from MicroSoft, but doesn't tell you how to be another MicroSoft. At first glance I thought it was a self-congratulatory piece on the occasion of MS 25th anniversary and mainly for its employees. But it contains a wealth of material on how a geek business culture operates. I feel it is unfinished. Some academic types needs to organize the material from the indiviual articles into a more constructive history.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Deep thoughts from within Microsoft 13 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Inside Out is filled with fun and thoughtful comments by thousands of current and past Microsoft employees. It offers great insight into how various folks at Microsoft approach not just work but how they have fun as well.
A good read for those both Inside and Outside of Microsoft.
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