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

Verified Expert  in Engineering

Software Engineer and Developer

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.



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
  • 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


Visual Studio, Microsoft Silverlight, HoloLens, Terminal


Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)


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


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


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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