Kevin Gallo, Developer in Seattle, WA, United States
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Kevin Gallo

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Engineer and Developer

Location
Seattle, WA, United States
Toptal Member Since
April 12, 2024

Kevin is a technology innovator with over 30 years of industry experience as Microsoft's corporate vice president and chief technologist. He has specialized in building new and broad-scale technologies, developing developer tools, delivering important keynotes, and leading cross-company collaborative teams. Kevin is the inventor of technologies such as Windows UI (WinUI) 3, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Microsoft Silverlight, Windows App SDK, and many other industry-standard tools.

Availability

Full-time

Preferred Environment

Windows, Visual Studio, C#, Python 3, C++, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows UI (WinUI) 3, Microsoft Silverlight, Windows App SDK

The most amazing...

...project I've been a part of was delivering the 1st major online streaming of the Olympics across 20 countries, including the US.

Work Experience

Corporate Vice President

1993 - 2023
Microsoft
  • Handled Windows, Xbox, HoloLens, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and oversaw developer platforms, developer evangelism, user experience platforms, Linux and Android subsystems, and Terminal, managing 250+ direct staff and 400+ engineers.
  • Acted as the primary customer-facing advocate accountable to the CEO.
  • Transformed the Windows platform into a catalyst for developer growth, achieving an annual average improvement of 25%. I established a direct feedback channel with customers and participated in developer events worldwide to boost Windows awareness.
  • Directed the vision for the next generation of Windows experiences, including new hardware, silicon innovation tools, cloud streaming, and an AI platform.
  • Elevated Linux and Android as developer options for Windows, further expanding the ecosystem of developers to target and use Windows and creating a virtuous cycle of enhancing developer and customer adoption of Windows.
  • Owned the end-to-end Microsoft Silverlight product from inception to shipping through five system versions. I created Microsoft's 1st major cross-platform solution, seamlessly reaching multiple platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, and TVs.
Technologies: Program Management, C#.NET, Software Engineering, Architecture, Windows, HoloLens, Internet of Things (IoT), Linux, Android, Terminal

Windows Subsystem for Linux and Android

One main project I focused on and successfully implemented was elevating Linux and Android as developer options for Windows. This entailed further expanding the ecosystem of developers who target and use Windows, creating a virtuous cycle of enhancing developer and customer adoption of Windows. The project also involved navigating internal corporate politics to generate momentum for adopting these competitive technologies.
1988 - 1992

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Tools

Visual Studio, Microsoft Silverlight, HoloLens, Terminal

Frameworks

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

Languages

C#, C++, C#.NET, Python 3

Platforms

Windows, Windows UI (WinUI) 3, Web, Linux, Android

Other

Program Management, Software Engineering, Architecture, General Management, Operating Systems, Programming Languages, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Windows App SDK, Internet of Things (IoT)

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