Microsoft CEO Bids Tearful Goodbye to Employees

Steve Ballmer dances, screams, and cries in his final company meeting as the Microsoft CEO.

Opinions on Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer are divided, but I think we can all agree that he’s passionate about Microsoft, from running across stages to loudly declaring his love for the company. In his final meeting as CEO, Ballmer delivered an hour-long speech to Microsoft employees, saying his goodbyes.

Ballmer played Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” the song he played at his first company meeting in 1983. He danced, jumped, and screamed, “The sound of Microsoft!” according to The Verge. He paused after the song, and told the thousands of Microsoft employees in attendance with tears in his eyes, “You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in.” He went on to thank the employees and praise the company. “This isn’t about any one person. It’s about a company that’s important, that’s forward-thinking, that’s innovative.”

Ballmer ended his speech with another song and dance as he yelled, “I’ve had the time of my life!” along to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ classic song, “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Employees screamed, “We love you!” as they cheered on Ballmer.

Microsoft has not announced who Ballmer’s successor will be, though plenty of rumors are circulating as to who it could be. Ballmer will remain the CEO until the company declares who will next have the position. Ballmer initially announced his retirement from Microsoft in August.

Source: The Verge

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