The 25 Most Influential People at Microsoft - 2. Ray Ozzie
2. Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect
Ray "Man with a plan" Ozzie is transforming Microsoft from within. Outside Microsoft, he's known as the person responsible for the forward-thinking services strategy. Within some quarters of Microsoft, he is known for building out the services vision and platform, while letting other executives take credit. It's not Ozzie talking up newer services, but leaders like Jeff Raikes or Kevin Johnson. Ozzie is Microsoft's plumber.
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