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Digital Wars

Digital Wars

Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet

Charles Arthur


Digital Wars investigates Apple, Google, Microsoft and the battle for the internet. It reveals what to expect from the internet in the next five years, which company will ultimately be in the driving seat, and what the implications will be for us all.

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About the book

The first time that Apple, Google and Microsoft found themselves sharing the same digital space was 1998. They were radically different companies and they would subsequently fight a series of pitched battles for control of different parts of the digital landscape. They could not know of the battles to come. But they would be world-changing.

This new edition of Digital Wars looks at each of these battles in turn. Accessible and comprehensive, it analyses the very different cultures of the three companies and assesses exactly who are the victors on each front. Thoroughly updated to include information on the latest developments and rising competitors Samsung, it also include a completely new chapter on how China moved from being the assembly plant for music players and smartphones, to becoming the world's biggest smartphone business.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: 1998;
    • Chapter - 02: Microsoft antitrust;
    • Chapter - 03: Search: Google versus Microsoft;
    • Chapter - 04: Digital music: Apple versus Microsoft;
    • Chapter - 05: Smartphones;
    • Chapter - 06: Tablets;
    • Chapter - 07: China;
    • Chapter - 08: 2011


A fascinating peek inside the three most important companies of the 21st century.
Barry Collins, PC Pro

Charles Arthur makes expert sense of the complex politics of the new digital world order in a truly compelling book that lifts the veil on the people - and the events - who have built the most important technology of our time.
Aleks Krotoski

Rarely do I enjoy books as much as Charles Arthur's new Digital Wars...this really excellent book builds on Arthur's journalistic work over the last 25 years, and combines deep insights about the evolution of these companies with fascinating interviews with people who have been involved from the inside in their evolution. Do get hold of a copy and read it.
Tim Unwin, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Telecommunications

Recommended for business and computer collections alike, and offers a behind-the-scenes survey of three top Internet companies with radically different structures and purposes who found themselves competing for the same digital action in 1998. This updated new edition analyzes each of these major digital wars and the different perspectives of the three companies. It's been updated to include the latest developments, adds new chapters on how China became involved to become the world's biggest smartphone business, and makes for a revealing, engrossing coverage no computer reader or user should miss.
Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch

Arthur traces the ups-and-downs of the companies over time and the cutthroat competition that persists today to create the next state of the art server, music device, smartphone, tablet, or something entirely new. ...Lively and informative, even non-geeks will find this story riveting.
Publishers Weekly

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749472030
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd May 2014
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 216x138
  • 344 pages

About the Author

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.

Charles Arthur