The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 16. Gary Flake
16. Gary Flake, Director, Live Labs
Flake is another Microsoft thought leader, but one with increasing product influence-and in an area that's strategic for Microsoft. The research coming from Live Labs is setting Microsoft's competitive Web 2.0 agenda. What's lacking: better platform approach for third-party developers.
Among Microsoft's 70,000-plus employees, there are many influential people. Twenty-five is too small a number to capture the best of the best among a large group of creative people. But Microsoft corporate culture also is very staid and insular, with a top-heavy power structure. Therefore, for this list, I focused more on operational influencers, although there are some thought leaders included. By Joe Wilcox, Microsoft Watch