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Show-stopper!

the breakneck race to create Windows NT and the next generation at Microsoft

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This edition was published in by Free Press, Maxwell Macmillan Canada, Maxwell Macmillan International in New York, . Toronto, . New York.

Written in English

312 pages

The phenomenal success of Bill Gates and his Microsoft Corporation hinges, above all, on an ability to look to the future. Not content with holding a bulging share of the market for software applications, nor with dominating the crucial operating systems business by virtue of its DOS and Windows programs, Microsoft is always looking to the future. And the future for Microsoft now goes by the name of Windows NT. A software innovation of the first order, NT could redefine the standards for computing throughout the world, into the next century. NT endows inexpensive personal computers with the capabilities of giant mainframes -- yet without sacrificing the inherent flexibility and appeal of PCs. Showstopper! is the inside story of this stunning breakthrough in computer technology. Stripping away myth after myth, this unprecedented tale lays bare the messy, wrenching reality of winning innovations. To date, America has dominated the global software industry through creating cutting-edge code and by depending on both the ingenuity of a few visionaries and the coordination of huge, costly teams of programmers and testers. Gates -- a managerial genius as well as a technical visionary -- promotes an atmosphere of controlled chaos at Microsoft, and the story of Windows NT perfectly reflects this ethos. The brain-child of David Cutler, a legendary programmer recruited by Gates in 1988, NT took five years and $150 million to complete. For much of that time, the massive program demanded the obsessive attention of more than 200 testers, writers and technicians. Focusing on Cutler's mercurial ability to inspire and lash his team, Showstopper! brilliantly portrays the human drama of this mammoth undertaking exposing the pressures, disappointments and ultimate triumph that emerge from a cauldron of constant deadlines, competition with peers and a perpetual war against the inevitable and ubiquitous bugs in the program -- among them the potentially lethal "showstopper."--Publisher

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Showstopper!: the breakneckrace to create Windows NT and the next generation at Microsoft
1996, Warner
in English - Revised and updated ed.
Cover of: Show-stopper!
Cover of: Show-stopper!
Show-stopper!: the breakneck race to create Windows NT and the next generation at Microsoft
1994, Free Press, Maxwell Macmillan Canada, Maxwell Macmillan International
in English

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Show-stopper!

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Including numerous interviews with the people that made Microsoft's modern-day operating system possible, G. Pascal Zachary weaves an intricate tale about the personalities, businesses, and relationships in Show-stopper!, a fascinating historical account about the making of Windows NT.

Show-stopper!

the breakneck race to create Windows NT and the next generation at Microsoft

This edition was published in by Free Press, Maxwell Macmillan Canada, Maxwell Macmillan International in New York, . Toronto, . New York.


Edition Description

The phenomenal success of Bill Gates and his Microsoft Corporation hinges, above all, on an ability to look to the future. Not content with holding a bulging share of the market for software applications, nor with dominating the crucial operating systems business by virtue of its DOS and Windows programs, Microsoft is always looking to the future. And the future for Microsoft now goes by the name of Windows NT. A software innovation of the first order, NT could redefine the standards for computing throughout the world, into the next century. NT endows inexpensive personal computers with the capabilities of giant mainframes -- yet without sacrificing the inherent flexibility and appeal of PCs. Showstopper! is the inside story of this stunning breakthrough in computer technology. Stripping away myth after myth, this unprecedented tale lays bare the messy, wrenching reality of winning innovations. To date, America has dominated the global software industry through creating cutting-edge code and by depending on both the ingenuity of a few visionaries and the coordination of huge, costly teams of programmers and testers. Gates -- a managerial genius as well as a technical visionary -- promotes an atmosphere of controlled chaos at Microsoft, and the story of Windows NT perfectly reflects this ethos. The brain-child of David Cutler, a legendary programmer recruited by Gates in 1988, NT took five years and $150 million to complete. For much of that time, the massive program demanded the obsessive attention of more than 200 testers, writers and technicians. Focusing on Cutler's mercurial ability to inspire and lash his team, Showstopper! brilliantly portrays the human drama of this mammoth undertaking exposing the pressures, disappointments and ultimate triumph that emerge from a cauldron of constant deadlines, competition with peers and a perpetual war against the inevitable and ubiquitous bugs in the program -- among them the potentially lethal "showstopper."--Publisher

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
005.4/469
Library of Congress
QA76.76.O63 Z32 1994

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1096174M
Internet Archive
showstopperbreak00zach
ISBN 10
0029356717
LC Control Number
94020749
OCLC/WorldCat
30544302
Wikidata
Q27991189
Library Thing
195746
Goodreads
1416925

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