Microcosm

Reading between the lines.
Nov. 19 1996 3:30 AM

Microcosm

Worlds within worlds within Microsoft.

The Microsoft Way: The Real Story of How the Company Outsmarts Its Competition

By Randall E. Stross

Addison-Wesley; $25; 318 pages

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Maybe we'll never know what really goes on inside Microsoft. The people I've worked with there, including my editors at Slate, certainly don't seem to know. Whether that's by design or disinformation on the part of their nonjournalist Microsoft bosses, I can't tell. My conclusion after reading The Microsoft Way: Stross has plenty of company when it comes to those who are clueless about this huge capitalist success story.

James J. Cramer is president of Cramer Berkowitz, a $400 million hedge fund in New York, and a daily columnist for TheStreet.com, a financial Web site he co-founded.