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In the early 80's, Microsoft's Multiplan lost out to Lotus 1-2-3 in the marketplace. According to one Microsoft programmer, a few of the key people working on DOS 2.0 had a saying at the time that "DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run." They managed to code a few hidden bugs into DOS 2.0 that caused Lotus 1-2-3 to breakdown when it was loaded. "There were as few as three or four people who knew this was being done," the employee said. He felt the highly competitive Gates was the ringleader.
The first two female executives hired at Microsoft in 1985 were recruited to meet federal affirmative action guidelines so that the company could qualify for a lucrative Air Force contract. One source says,"They would say, 'Well, let's hire two women because we can pay them half as much as we will have to pay a man, and we can give them all this other crap work to do because they are women.' That's directly out of Bill's mouth...." Gates treated one of these executives so badly that she asked to be transferred away from him.
Microsoft managers used the company's e-mail system to secretly spy on employee work habits. Only those employees who worked weekends could collect bonuses. In time word got out and some employees logged into their e-mail on weekends with a modem from home so it would appear they had come in.
The greatest biography that I've ever read, I recommend it to anyone who loves hearing about a true hustle day-in and day-out, harder than you even dream about..literally. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Derek Coleman
Well, it showed me that Bill Gates wasn't as great as a genius as all he was spoken to be. He worked hard for 10 years before he started his software business, heck, I was hoping... Read morePublished 11 months ago by marianne
I knew the history of MS fairly well but I learned a lot reading this book. It is 20 years old, but the information is very good.Published 12 months ago by Donn Fishburn
One of my preferred books. I usually write notes on my books as I read. Since this book is no longer in print (I bought it used, but in excellent condition), and it's on a theme on... Read morePublished 14 months ago by ENRIQUE SAPIEN
This book provided me with all the insight I could ask for. A great learning tool if you want to know about the history of Microsoft.Published 15 months ago by Jason N Knight