Steve Ballmer's full 'farewell' letter to Microsoft staff

Steve Ballmer has taken the difficult decision to retire as Microsoft CEO sometime within the next 12 months, and, as it often happens in such occasions, the big man has sent a 'farewell' letter to the company's staff. In it, Ballmer does a few important things. First, he's explaining some of the reasoning behind his decision; second, he expresses his love for Microsoft and his colleagues; and third, he does his best to motivate the rest of the crew. Here's Steve Ballmer's full letter:



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Microsoft. :)

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

btw I haven't seen you writing an article here for a long time :-s

5. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

you came on this article just to write that!

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nah, I came here to write an essay about how much I'll miss Ballmer.

20. rassouli5 unregistered

Me too. I'm going to miss him so much! :(

31. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013


52. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Mr Ballmer is still CEO of Microsoft and can save Windows 8 by ordering the creation of a Windows 8.1 desktop skew that has absolutely no Modern UI/AKA Metro tiles. that only has a desktop screen and will run like an improved version of Windows 7. This way Mr Ballmer leaves Microsoft Windows intact with the current Windows 8.1 to be used on computers that have touch screen monitors. Tablets and notebooks that have touch screen monitors. Ballmer could save Windows 8 with this new skew.

14. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I wish Bill Gates comes back...he was so much more focused on PCs,,,Win 8 was an unworthy successor of Win 7...If he was still the CEO he probably wud have combined the games market of pc and xbox,,or may be not but still there is so much more that could be done for pc.

2. Kurai unregistered

Finally! Good Riddance !

30. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

The most gentle way to fire a CEO I've ever seen.. :)

53. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

a lot of people put down windows 8 and CEO Ballmer. it was valiant effort to combine a desktop OS and a touch screen OS. The major mistake Ballmer made was he did not have a backup skew of Windows 8 that looked and operated like Windows 7. Windows 8 as it is now would have been put on Tablets and hybrids like we had today but customers would still be able to buy window 8 desktop Skew that looks and works like old windows 7.

4. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

"farewell.....ive messed up your company now im leaving with a couple million dollars whilst you id*ots sit here trying to clean up my mess.....but even still farewell!"

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

27. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

As a gamer since 2007, I don't see how you think the Xbox One is a fail. All I have to say is XBLive is the best way to fully enjoy the online experience. I'm planning on picking up a One over the PS4 soon for this reason.

33. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

The price to performance is a fail. It is using a "8 core" (its not a real 8 core its 4 groups with 2 cores in each group which means shared cache and reduced performance) low end laptop CPU. The clocks are also under clocked by over 1ghz so adds some insult to injury. Its an 8 core version of an AMD A8-5550M that has been stripped of its speed. The xbox one gpu is even a bigger fail: It is a Bonaire, AKA as a POS. Know what graphic cards its closest to? Know what the Ps4 is closest to? Know what a "big boy" graphics card looks like? or Before you come in here saying it doesn't matter, yes it does. BF4 is not even running at native 1080p (its running at 720p) on the PS4 and the Ps4 has a gpu thats almost double the raw power (Theres a rumor xbox one version is doing the same thing but its running at 30fps instead of 60) The PC cost more is a lie. A PC with better specs to those piles of garbage is the exact same price as the xbone but its also a computer not just for gaming. (Fx 6300 and a 7850, one of the best bang/buck setups you can get.) If you care about size/noise you can get that same build in an ultra small build that is silent for a little more. When the 360/ps3 came out it was rivaling high end gaming computers, these are just low end PCs from 2010 shoved in a console box. Spread the truth the next gen consoles suck.

37. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Yes the next generation gaming consoles sucks (though there's no doubt Sony's PS4 has a lot going for itself from styling to raw power and the new gaikai purchase). Again the new gaming consoles like Nvidia Shield sucks more. Devices like Nvidia Shield is like going backwards. Xbox is targeted as entertainment box(!!) which will try to replace your TV not made primarily as a high end gaming device which it was primarily build for. And surely like Moto X it is build to spy on you 24/7.

38. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If you can't afford/ don't want a good computer your best choice is the PS4. What was the last brand new triple A title released exclusively on the xbox 360? I mean brand new series as in not another Gears or Halo. Its been a very long time while Sony is still pumping out AAA exclusives like The Last of US and Beyond Two Souls.

39. papss unregistered

Lol you are so clueless its scary.. You know that consoles have many less things going on compared to pcs hence the reason it doesn't need to be equal to PC to compete and its all about the experience not the package with consoles which destroys pcs. Just stop being silly. You don't get the same experience with the left over games that PC gets. Sorry but its not apples to apples here.

45. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I fully understand that consoles don't need to have as high of specs as PCs to get a good experience, but once you invest in a good PC, not only do you get a superior gaming experience, but you also get all the productivity and functionality benefits of a computer. I mean really, if you're going to buy a console ($400-500), and an average PC for school/work or something (maybe $300 for a decent laptop, plus ), you might as well not buy the console and add the money you would save to your PC budget and get a good gaming PC. It would cost about the same as a console and PC together, and you would save money because online services are free and the Steam sales can get you really good games for dirt cheap. At that point, there would be no reason to get a console except for the exclusive games.

46. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Couldn't edit fast enough, "(maybe $300 for a decent laptop, plus $140 for Microsoft Office)"

50. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Congratulations. All that time and effort only to show you're an idiot.

35. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

You made me laugh louder. You should know about tech before writing. Xbox1 is the biggest fail in gaming industry. And its a joke compared to PS4. I own Xbox 360, so you know I'm not talking crap. I was hugely let down by microsoft to my friends when they announced Xboxone. And do you know its 'always-on'? And I hate the fact it needs internet to play otherwise it will stop working. Its a hardware not a software for crying out loud. If my ram doesnt work just because of I do not have internet what in the hell it is good for?

36. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

People on the consoles don't understand what 60FPS is, a game that runs on 30fps on the xbox one will run at 60fps with better graphics on the PS4. Play some games at 60fps or higher, 30 fps will feel sluggish and laggy after you do.

40. papss unregistered

I stopped reading your com.ent with always on and needing the internet. You fail lol maybe you should read up before spewing nonsense that's inaccurate. That was old news dude.

44. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Microsoft said that it wouldn't need to be always online a long time ago, man.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

na na na na hey hey good bye

9. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1366; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This seems like a strategic move by MS. a Big management shake up was needed in order for MS to compete with the likes of Google, Apple, Samsung, LG etc.. the Duopoly of MS and Intel is over as people are transitioning from Desktop and laptop computing to pure mobile computing. Soon business will do the same with cloud computing via app purchases rather then software purchases.

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Cloud is nothing but part of larger game-plan called PRISM.

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Funny that you mentioned that cause it recently got lekaed the NSA was paying companies like Microsoft money for their cloud networks so they can spy on people. No matter how many tracking blockers, ad blockers, proxies or VPNs you are using they are still tracking you and recording data.

17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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