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

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:18

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 tries to motivate the remaining crew...

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:34 1

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

And look how markets responded to that ...

Microsoft shares rose 8.9 percent to $35.27 in premarket trading.


posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:34

11. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)

so now MICROSOFT is considering to Sell-off XbOX division soon after this Happens....

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:47

15. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Next gen consoles are a fail, don't buy one unless you can't afford a PC. Cheapest that will run games on high-max is about $700, fx 6300 cpu and a gtx 760 graphics card.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:28

23. papss (unregistered)

All the while you get half the real good games on your PC... No thanks I'll stick with my ps4 and xbone where real games go. You can have your rts

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:37 1

24. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

What's a "real game?"

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:41

25. papss (unregistered)

I'm talking good exclusives that will never be on PC. Consoles are the place to go

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 11:06

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Xbox Live.. That's all I have to say.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 12:58

34. papss (unregistered)

This ⬆... I agree 100%. Live is amazing.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:57

16. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Thank god.

Now MS has a chance to stay relevant in the PC world.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:02 3

18. muser793 (Posts: 59; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

if you wanna make enemies, try to change something...
he did so many great things so I love this guy. wish him luck...

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:05

19. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)

Reached my heart :( I feel like a Microsoft employee now. haha

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:14

21. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

I think he got the boot but given a chance toake a nice exit. Only if Bill Gates could come back and buy Nokia and BlackBerry and then loosen up more restrictions on WP!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:16

22. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Make not toake- misprint sorry

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:51 2

26. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Harsh, people, harsh. Ballmer gets all the blowback for the failures, which goes with the job, but he also kicked MS into this century with a mobile-first attitude when even he wanted to stay with a PC based, software world. I respect the man. He was full of emotion and loved his company. He did not bail out on hard decisions, and was loyal to his team, even if they left for other jobs. Microsoft is still a billion dollar entity and has a firm grasp of where they want to be in 3-5 years. There was never a hint of scandal or dishonesty, and he worked for that company, he didn't milk it for it's cash and incentives then bail.

And let's face it... love him or hate him, he was GREAT press. We are going to miss his antics. We will get another CEO with staged emotions and cliche filled speeches. Hopefully, it will be the right person to push MS into the position they should be. But, we will have to force ourselves to stay awake during the presentations.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:02 1

42. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Only person here speaking sense -- as expected, of course, snowgator. I agree that Ballmer had the unenviable duty of changing the entire direction of a company. What was once an immovable monolith in the PC software world had to make huge changes to its strategy and align with where the industry is currently going. He has taken hits to his reputation because everybody was looking just long enough to see those decisions not succeed.hey probably don't realize how long term some of those plays were and won't even remember or credit him when those tough decisions start bearing fruit.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 09:51

48. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Ballmer wasn't the horror people make him out to be... but as a CEO, he was just to erratic. Which is bad for CEO's. He could have been one of the greatest project managers, or even VP, ever though.

He's the kind of guy that just needs at least one person above him to hold the reigns.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 11:09

29. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Perfect time for Bad Boy Billy to take back the ship and steer MS back into the calmer waters.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 12:31

32. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I would never say Ballmer should take all the blame for Microsoft's failures for instance the Surface Pro technology wise is not a failure 85 percent or more of the people who bought one praise it. It's main problem is it cost a lot of money to buy one. People have to realize that Windows 8 and the coming Windows 8.1 updated OS is a full sized PC desktop OS and it takes more expensive CPU's and Electronics to make a good running Windows 8.1 Desktop Tablet or Laptop computer. Expert computer builders know Ballmer's departure form Microsoft will not change that AT ALL! Microsoft haters will put down the New CEO too. Mir Gates will not Come back but you can be sure He will very thoroughly examine all Candidates who are chosen to be
Microsoft's CEO

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:27

43. juandante (banned) (Posts: 679; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

Joke. Ok the Pro have an i5 CPU (to my knowledge). But just take a netbook, remove the keyboard and change the screen to a capacitive touchscreen. You have about the same price (250$). Then just change the CPU with a more powerfull one, no way you get close to 1000$. This guy was just ****.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 09:47 1

47. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Every time I see a picture of Steve Ballmer I just want to burst out in song... "Puttin' On The Ritz" in the Young Frankenstein style.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 13:13

49. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Okay... THAT is Funny!! :-D

Now I will never be able to see him without thinking of Peter Boyle.... I am so ashamed I never made the connection.....

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 18:59

51. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

When Ballmer was first named as Bill Gates' replacement, there was some news article that had his picture and a caption that just said to meet the new CEO of Microsoft. With only a quick glance at the article I thought to myself, "What does Peter Boyle know about software?"

Subsequently, all throughout his chair throwings and his "Developers!" I've only ever been able to picture Peter Boyle.

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