Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet

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Kogan Page Publishers, Mar 3, 2012 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
- Which of Apple, Google and Microsoft had an office with a "drawer of broken dreams" - and what (real) objects lay inside it? - When did Microsoft have the chance to catch Google in making money from search - and who vetoed it? - Why did Google test 40 shades of blue on its users? - How long did outside developers wait before asking to write apps for Apple's iPhone after Steve Jobs announced it? - Who said that Microsoft should have its own music player - and why did it fail? The answers, and much more, can be found in this new book by Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian newspaper of London. Digital Wars starts in 1998, when the internet and computing business was about to be upended - by an antitrust case, a tiny start-up and a former giant rebuilding itself. It looks at what are now the three best-known tech companies, and through the voices of former and current staff examines their different strategies to try to win the battle to control the exploding network connecting the world. Microsoft was a giant - soon to become the highest-valued company in the world, while Apple was a minnow and Google just a startup. By February 10 2012, Apple was worth more ($462bn) than both Microsoft ($258bn) and Google ($198bn) combined. The chance had come from tumultuous battles between the three... To win their battles... Apple used design, the vertical model of controlling the hardware and software, and a relentless focus on the customer to the exclusion of others; Microsoft depended on the high quality of its employees' programming skills and its monopolies in software to try to move into new markets - such as search and music; Google focused on being quick, efficient, and using the power of data analysis - not human "taste" - to make decisions and get ahead of would-be rivals. With exclusive information from interviews with people such as Don Norman, former VP of Apple Computer and Pieter Knook, former SVP of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft, and many more current and former staff of the three companies - including one person who has worked for all three - Arthur also addresses: - what the inventors of the hard drive used in the iPod thought it would really be used for - how Apple transformed the smartphone market - which of Android or Apple that forced Microsoft to abandon Windows Mobile - what happened to Microsoft's tablet plans - and much more.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
01 1998
3
02 Microsoft antitrust
16
Google versus Microsoft
23
Apple versus Microsoft
79
05 Smartphones
147
06 Tablets
222
07 2011
239
Notes
244
References and further reading
253
Acknowledgements
254
Trademarks
255
Index
256
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Charles Arthur is technology editor at the Guardian. An experienced journalist, he has also worked at the Independent and New Scientist - all adding up to over 25 years in technology and science journalism. He has met all the senior figures in the technology industry and has extensive experience of reporting on the activities of Apple, Google and Microsoft. He has interviewed Bill Gates and Steve Jobs on numerous occasions. Charles has a large following and regularly speaks, writes and blogs on all topics relating to technology.

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