"I want to say thanks for the leadership over the last 13 years," Gates opened his remarks. "It’s a real privilege to lead the incredibly talented group of employees we have."
"We’ve got a commitment to make sure the next CEO is the right person for right time for the company we both love," Gates added and right after that the emotions started to overwhelm him and he stopped for a moment to hold back the tears. "We share a commitment that Microsoft will succeed as a company that makes the world a better place," Gates concluded.
Right now, it seems that two candidates are on the shortlist with Nokia chief executive and former Microsoft employee Stephen Elop leading the ranks and Ford chief executive Alan Mulally also a possible candidate.