The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 10. Bob Muglia
10. Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business
The future is Muglia's, if the launches of the 2008 versions of SQL Server, Visual Studio and Windows Server go well. Infrastructure software isn't sexy, yet some of Microsoft's best marketing campaigns have been for its server software.
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