©1999 by William H. Gates, III, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 by William H. Gates, III; ©1999 Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
This is actually a good book and I always enjoy hearing Bill G. talk. The problem is that it's all circa 199X, and he's talking about the future which in many cases has already come and gone.
In 199X I would have given this *****
I'm really interested in the microsoft and bill gates story but this book is so slow and boring, i couldn't listen to more then 2-3 first chapters. a shame.
this book is about many many future predictions that are already happened.
the narrator did a great job.
A lot of paragraphs and even chapters are skiped in the audio book as compared with the paper book. Reading is very good for listenning.
I look for books with ideas on multiple levels, a good story, and a bit of fun.
Bill Gates has provided us a book full of case studies showing how information technology can improve businesses in many different ways. It gives few insights on why benefits came, nor does it give guidelines on replicating the case studies in the reader's context.
I think the book would be great for business people trying to imagine how information technology may help their organisations. I suggest that before acting people look elsewhere for more guidance on what to actually do, such as Dr. Goldratt's ideas in 'Beyond the Goal'.
Not much new here, in fact it is a rehash of better read books like FutureShock and books written by Tom Peters'. The narration itself puts one in combat with the desire to nod off and the interspersed dialog from Bill himself adds little. Don't waste your time.
No, I would not be able to listen again. Given that I rated it 5 stars that has to be puzzling. The reason is that nearly two decades have passed since the writing of this book and the bewildering progress of "digital" in our lives made it hard to listen to this "outdated" book. I somewhat expected to be bored. The only reason I picked this book to listen is that the vision that Bill Gates had is still playing out and is in an early inning of the game. There are lots of "cool" uses of digital information which are not productive; actually they are time robbers. Some have actually destroyed lives. For example, distracted driving because of texting! Bill Gates was exactly correct in pursuing productivity with Microsoft. Boring ideas are often the most lucrative ones, don't we know that now from Microsoft's success?
No, I needed many breaks from it.
I would like Bill Gates to write a sequel some day, perhaps a decade from now.
This book talks about what the future is going to be like in ten or twenty years having been written almost 20 years ago in 1999 at the peak of Microsoft's influence on the world. It talks about intranets and adoption of personal computer technology in business as a novel concept that will transform our paper world, which is common place today. It would have been an interesting read in 1999 but is far to outdated to be of any useful insight today.
There are a couple of gems of knowledge in it though which are timeless, such as, "Business leaders overestimate 2 years and underestimate 10 years", which almost make it worth the read.
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