Steve Ballmer's Retirement Email to Microsoft Employees

Steve Ballmer's Retirement Email to Microsoft Employees

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As we reported earlier today, Steve Ballmer has announced his intention to retire as CEO of Microsoft.

Here is his email to employees revealing the decision.

I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.

This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.

I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.

I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft’s largest owners.

This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.

Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let’s do ourselves proud.


Steve Ballmer's Retirement Email to Microsoft Employees

Copperhead - August 25, 2013 at 12:18am
I can't wait until this arsehole leaves. I really hate this guy, and he totally fuuucked windows so bad.
123trwer - August 24, 2013 at 1:44pm
Heh.... Retire due to how Win 8 failed specially by removing the controversal icon of a Windows OS which is the Start Button.... Also forcing Desktop Users to make their Desktop PC's a Tablet with the Metro UI and that hilarious whole screen Start Menu, even assigning/changing file association is damn hard in Win 8.... Thank God there's Win 7 as the next Win XP.... Even the CEO of Xbone left due to how fail it was aswell.... I just hope Micro$oft returns to their original views in making their OS or other products more practical for specific users eg. Desktop PC = Desktop OS/ Tablet = Tablet and not vice versa... Waiting for Win 9 till then...
ratGT - August 24, 2013 at 9:27am
Developers, developers, developers, developers... Developers, developers, developers, developers...
chewbacca - August 24, 2013 at 4:59am
Balmer is a horrible CEO. Bill Gates rocks.
TheDean - August 24, 2013 at 1:24am
Will there be a movie out soon called 'Balmer'? Maybe not. Maybe 'What a Balmer' or 'Balm and Balmer' or 'Im Balmfounded'.....
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