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World War 3.0: Microsoft And Its


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Although the number of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) grew dramatically during the late 20th century, they have been part of the world scene for much longer. This data set tracks the status and membership of such organizations from 1815-2014. Access information about this data here. This data set is hosted by Timothy Nordstrom, University of Mississippi, Jon Pevehouse, University of Wisconsin and Megan Shannon, Colorado-Boulder.


Netscape had a pretty meteoric rise to the top of the web world. The company began pretty soon after software engineer Marc Andreessen graduated from the University of Illinois in 1994. While he was studying there, he had worked on one of the first ever cross platform browsers, NCSA Mosaic, which became the most popular among early browser choices.


So not long after he left Illinois, Andreessen was contacted by Jim Clark, a bit of a legend in the Silicon Valley area. Clark and Andreessen met a few times, and decided that a top of the line commercial browser was exactly what the market needed. So they went back to NCSA, and walked out with a team of top engineers ready to make that happen. By the end of 1994, they had already delivered a first step. Originally slated to be called Mosaic, the browser they released to the world became known (mostly for legal reasons) as Netscape Navigator, and the company, Netscape Communications.


Some think Webb has the tougher job ahead of him. Microsoft painted itself into a corner in the first trial, according to New Yorker writer Ken Auletta, author of "World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies."


The origins and growth of the Microsoft Corporation had become the stuff of legend in America by the end of the twentieth century. Founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and his friend Paul Allen when the former left Harvard University as a sophomore, it rapidly outpaced all its competitors in the computer software business. By 1988 it was the world's largest software company; by 1998 its Windows operating system was to be found in 90 percent of the personal computers in America, and 50 percent of all homes possessed one. That same year, Microsoft's profits of nearly $4.5 billion were double those of General Motors, the world's largest corporation.


Workers in the United States work harder than their counterpartsanywhere else in the industrial world, with the exception of the SouthKoreans and Czechs, according to the latest International LabourOrganisation (ILO) statistics. In 2000 the Americans put in an average1,979 hours in the workplace, an increase of 36 hours on 1990(1). This is puzzling since in the last 10 years the US has enjoyedgreat economic prosperity and had a substantial rise in productivity,two factors that were always assumed to mean less work and moreleisure (2).


These traits, says Dave Arnott, a Dallas Baptist University professor,mirror the three defining characteristics of a cult: devotion,charismatic leadership and separation from community (6). In suchcompanies, obsessive workaholism has been justified by the sense of agrand mission (building the future, changing the world) and by anus versus them ethos (them being most often the competitors,the government or the trade unions) fostered by competition. Thefinancial factor is simply a by-product of the great adventure. As thecliché goes, It's not about the money, it's about the future(7). Salary may not have reflected the amount of work, but employeeshave stood to ben