In August, Microsoft announced that Ballmer would be retiring within 12 months.
You can watch the touching goodbye below...
I just want to enjoy this for minute. [Cheers] Soak it in. All of you! Soak it in! You work for the greatest company in the world! Soak it in! And I want to say thank you, I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
[Crowd: We love you!]
This isn't about any one person. It's about the company. It's about a company that's important. That's forward thinking. That's innovative. That's ethical. That hires great people and lets them lead great lives. That helps people around the world realize their full potential. It's my whole professional world. Microsoft is like a fourth child to me. Children do leave the house. In this case I guess I'm leaving the house.
My last song is one I've always wanted to use but it was always deemed inappropriate. It's a great song. Not that kind of inappropriate! I wanted to pick a song that was exactly perfect. A song that let me say thank you. A song that looked back retrospectively and a song that celebrated the future. From one of my favorite movies, one of my favorite songs, and I think it has all that in it. A song that comes at the very end of a movie when one of the actors gets up on stage and talks about kind of how he likes to do things. Well, I want to end with this song. Respectful, a song that talks about what you've meant to me and what you've done for me. You've made this the time of my life.