The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 12. Bill Hilf
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
12. Bill Hilf, General Manager, Platform Strategy
Hilf is one of Microsoft's rarer commodities: He is a thought leader and operational influencer. He is at the center of some of Microsoft's best work on interoperability, at a time when the company seeks to improve its credibility in this area.