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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 it. Charles Arthur here examines the differing strategies of the three best-known tech companies in their battle to win control of 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 start-up. By February 2012, Apple was worth more than both Microsoft and Google combined. Through the voices of former and current staff, Arthur looks at the tumultuous battle between the three companies and what their various successes meant for us.

©2012 Charles Arthur (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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  • Rob
  • 08/11/2014

Different Perspective of a well documented period

A better look at whole these companies competed in a very similar space, and how they choose not to compete.

It really defined what the companies products are, and why they launched what seemed like bad products.

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  • Ken Makita
  • 01/04/2014

Interesting History of Tech Giants

What did you love best about Digital Wars?

The wide coverage of story regarding technological advancement in software and hardware involving Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Digital Wars?

I realized it's also a good supplement to Walter Isaacson's work on Steve Jobs

Which character – as performed by Stephen Rashbrook – was your favorite?

Steve Ballmer. It's... quite apt.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. I was focus and eager to go through all the details.

Any additional comments?

Anyone interested in Information Technology should give this a chance.

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  • Christian S.
  • 10/09/2013

Detailed information - very well written

What made the experience of listening to Digital Wars the most enjoyable?

The fact that it gave me new information.

What other book might you compare Digital Wars to and why?

Walter Isaacson - Steve Jobs, because it's also about lesser known facts about tech companies. In the case if 'Steve Jobs' only about one company though.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Rashbrook’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no I haven't (yet)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, although 11 hours would have been too much.

Any additional comments?

Great book! A lot of information I didn't know, although I read a lot about tech companies. Especially the ones mentioned in this book.

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  • Mr. Michael A. Prince
  • 15/02/2013

Excellent insight into the history of the internet

If you could sum up Digital Wars in three words, what would they be?

Just one, Insightful

What did you like best about this story?

It's relevant to what is going on in the battle for the internet. It's interesting to me as someone that works in tech and really joins a lot of the dots as to how we got where we are. It recounts so many junctions in tech history and how things could be different.

Any additional comments?

Well worth the money.

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  • Chris Russi
  • 02/11/2017

Hardly an "objective" account of events

Being in the tech industry for 3 decades, I've witnessed Microsoft doing "a lot" of things right. Sure, all tech companies have missteps. Apple, Google and Microsoft have each had plenty. Yet, I do not recall the author saying anything positive about Microsoft. Excuse me if I missed it. I grew tired of the "rah rah Apple mantra". I tried twice to make it through this book. Each time I grew weary of the same old biases that the author presents. There are other books on Audible that provide a more historical, balanced account of the competition between Microsoft, Apple and Google. Don't get me wrong, I am used to hearing technical biases. I expect that in low-end blogs and amateur technical articles. Maybe I don't understand the purpose of this book.

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  • Bill
  • 26/12/2015

Technology

You will love this if this is the industry you are in and have been before mobile phones, etc have been around. Or you are just s tech freak!

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  • Tony
  • 01/08/2015

A good historical account

A great insight. I Enjoyed this book. Plenty of interesting information I had not heard before

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  • Rakhmat
  • 20/02/2015

Very mind blowing

This book has given me the other side of three giants' battle which created the digital world today. Lcoe how the history presented.

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  • William Li
  • 07/11/2015

Nothing too interesting

The stories about the rise and fall of various tech companies. It gives a pretty comprehensive history of the tech world... Maybe since I know most of it even before this book, I don't find very interesting... It is like being told what I already know... but hey, I am totally basis

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  • Piotr
  • 01/08/2017

Good but sometimes not very detailed insights

The audiobook gives good but not always detailed insights. Other facts are over exaggerated like the claim that early Android tablets had only one hour battery life. I had a first-generation Motorola tablet as a testing device at work but it had more battery life. The Yahoo story is also a bit wrong. It wasn't false projection of growth but the weak search ad platform that lead to the Bing deal. In general it's a nice overview of what happened though. 4 of 5 stars for me.

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  • Sascha Feth
  • 22/11/2016

Viel Liebe zum Detail, leider veraltet

Sehr detailiert wird hier der Kampf ins Internet in den Jahren 1998 bis 2011 dargestellt. Im Wesentlichen geht es darum, wie Microsoft zuerst den Suchmaschinen Kampf gegen Google, um anschließend den Musikplayer- und Tablet-Kampf gegen Apple zu verlieren. Nun sind seit 2011 aber 5 Jahre vergangen, was eben in diesem Technikbereich eine halbe Ewigkeit ist. höchste Zeit für einen zweiten Teil, in dem Android sein Monopol erringt, und Microsoft wie Phönix aus der Asche mit dem Surface zurück zur Innovation findet.