Microsoft is one of a handful of companies in the tech industry that has genuinely changed the game over the years. It's never been plain sailing, and there are tales of controversy, of failure, of epic success, and everything inbetween.
There's a lot to talk about, and there are some great books out there dedicated to Microsoft and its story. These are five of the best.
Hit Refresh - Satya Nadella
If you want to hear about Microsoft then who better to talk about it than current CEO, Satya Nadella, in his new book Hit Refresh.
Hit Refresh is about the transformation taking place within Microsoft and is a must-read for fans, or even just curious tech industry watchers.
Bill Gates: A Biography
Everyone knows Bill Gates. Microsoft's iconic founder, philanthropist and, depending on stock fluctuations, often the richest man on Earth.
It's fair to say Gate has had quite the life, and his Biography is a great read to find out about some of that.
This balanced account of Gates' life contains not only some of his own words, but also criticisms of some of his management techniques, so the reader gets both sides and can make up their own mind.
Either way, it's a great read to get some real insight into one of the tech industries greatest names.
Game of X: Vol. 1 and 2
Microsoft didn't always make a games console, and honestly. it surprised many when the company pushed out its first Xbox console. Over the years Xbox has gained millions of fans, and Game of X is a terrific look at how it all came about.
The book is split into two volumes totaling around 800 pages of work. The second volume tells of the pre-Xbox era and how everything ultimately led to Microsoft getting into the console game. For gamers and Microsoft fans alike, it's a must read.
Showstopper! The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft
Showstopper! is a tale from Microsoft's past, but it's also the tale of an incredibly important time in the company's history.
The book originally came out in 1994, so many of the references within are now woefully out of date.
But even so, it's a look behind the curtain at the development of Windows NT, and one that Microsoft nerds will really appreciate.
Burning the Ships
Microsoft stories don't come much more behind the scenes than this, told by Marshall Phelps who was there, witnessing everything. It's a tale of transformation within Microsoft.
As one reviewer has said, it's how Microsoft "went from being the Evil Empire, to just another software juggernaut." Miss it and miss out.
Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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