The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 9. Steven Sinofsky
9. Steven Sinofsky, Senior Vice President, Windows and Windows Live Engineering Group
The former Office go-to man is responsible for cleaning up the mess left by Windows Vista. Vista's successor, Windows Seven, needs to get to market in a timely way and without all the baggage, some of which is code and practical logistics. Already, Sinofsky is bringing renewed discipline to Windows development and laying the foundation for Microsoft's emerging Windows Vista plus Windows Live strategy.
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