By Megan Harlan
Updated October 13, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year With Microsoft On the Multimedia Front

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When you learn that many of Microsoft’s best and brightest could be mistaken for ”gangs of adolescents” who manage stress by blasting Nirvana, the company’s billion-dollar edge in the computer-software industry seems surreal indeed. Seattle-based journalist Moody offers such perspectives after tracking (with unlimited access to meetings and E-mail) the six-person team that developed Explorapedia, a children’s CD-ROM. The play-by-play account often verges on soap opera; a foreshortened ship-date deadline only fuels the group’s creative clashes and endless infighting. Vividly disclosed in I Sing the Body Electronic: A Year With Microsoft on the Multimedia Frontier is the peculiar Microsoftian culture, such as the schism between designers (arty types) and developers (tech-heads), and the dreaded ”Bill meetings” that reveal Gates’ ”quirky charm” and not-so-charming temper. When a shining product emerges from this utterly chaotic process, Microsoft’s secret becomes clear: Hyperkinesis is everything. Fortunately, Moody’s brisk pace keeps up. B+

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