Bill Gates chokes back tears while discussing the quest for new Microsoft CEO

Bill Gates chokes back tears while discussing the quest for new Microsoft CEO
After 13 years at the helm, Steve Ballmer is stepping down from his chief executive role at Microsoft and Ballmer bid an emotional farewell on stage a few weeks ago, trying to hold back tears. Now, the man most people still associate Microsoft with, co-founder Bill Gates, tried to not burst into tears as he discussed how the company has only had two CEOs in all of its existence and obviously showed how much of an emotional process this is.

"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.

source: TheVerge



1. Mike_L.13

Posts: 20; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I'd love to see Gates as Microsoft CEO again after nearly a 14 year absence. I would argue that he is the most qualified candidate for the position.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Not gonna happen. Gates has moved on. He still identifies with MS, but not to the point of jumping back in the frying pan. Notice his comment about finding the right "next" CEO?

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Its not a good idea in the least. You need change and adaptability in every company. To put people from decades ago in there would be to seal that coffin good. They need to look at younger candidates from relevant fields like Yahoo did with Meyer. You don't put the CEO from a car company or E-Flop from a dead company into power just because they are available.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

He's a better BOSS than the idiot STEVE BALLMER. And lets HOPE that MS won't choose NOKIA CEO to take over MS. Plus Gates is too busy doing his good deeds to charity foundations now.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If they pick Elop, it will be a flop!

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No it won't. He likes Microsoft so he well actually try to do something there.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Trying to do something doesn't matter if its the wrong thing. You can try to put out a fire with gasoline. Ballmer tried to do things - most were detrimental.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Well at leat I think that microsoft's current products are very good. like the surface tablets and Windows 8

17. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Totally agree! Why would anyone hire a guy with such a bad track record? He single-handedly destroyed Nokia! Imagine what he could do to Microsoft?


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Alan Mulally will be even a bigger flop. A tech person must run a tech company, or it will fail. Look at Meg Whitman and HP for clues. Anyone that runs a tech company must have some clue about how tech works. Alan Mulally knows nothing about PC technicals and will have no clue on what to do. Elop worked for MS, and understands tech so if it were him or Alan Elop should be a better choice in my opinion.

3. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Don't worry Bill, Nokia will save Microsoft "again"

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Bill needs to come back. Sorry to say Mr. Gates but Ballmer was a joke. You shoulda been the man in the limelight and Ballmer playing the background. I cant see Bill saying negative things about the iPhone before it launched. I just cant see Bill doing any of the insane, crazy things Ballmer did. He does know how to pump up a crowd tho....DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Typical PA practice, holding back news to amp up a slow news week. Anyway bye Ballmer

8. papss unregistered

I love m$ and I certainly love Gates.

10. ausnote2

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

get rid of metro ui on both platforms. moreso with wp than desktop.

13. ricethief

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

M$ needs to bring in some younger fresh blood that clearly understands where technology is headed. Depending on how you look at things Elop is either a blundering fool or a genius. I personally think the guy is a crook. I wasn't a big fan of Nokia but, they always made quality hardware. It is a shame what Elop did.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Nokia nailed itself in its coffin. They produced phones every where but the US because of price margins. That was their fail, producing phones that cost as much as a pc. Then their OS was otpaced by Android, and that was the fianl nail in their coffin...not adressing or embracing Android. Now the Microsoft phones, and a Windows OS makes sense. Too bad they could not stand alone and make phones for both OS.

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Don't make Flop CEO.

16. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

I actually made me tear up. I am not necessarily a MS fan, although I have a MS7 laptop and Windows Phone 8 secondary phone. Bill Gate has changed the world, in more ways than one.

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