Ballmer’s farewell memo to Microsoft employees

You can read it for yourself.



  • GadgetGav

    “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.”

    What does that even mean? Trying to decipher what he’s saying there, does he mean they haven’t made that transformation yet and the new CEO will do it, or that he stuck around until the the transformation was complete and now he’s handing a fully transformed company over? From the outside it doesn’t look as if Microsoft has transformed into a devices and services company. Where are their revenues coming from? #1, Business Division, #2, Windows Division, #3, Server & Tools. Same as it ever was.

    Ballmer leaving will be the best chance Microsoft has of being relevant again and the self congratulatory, head-in-the-sand tone of this letter shows why.

  • DanPierce

    Here’s another Steve’s resignation letter.

    Compare and contrast.

    http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/08/24Letter-from-Steve-Jobs.html

  • CJ

    I’m gonna miss the entertainment.

  • Mother Hydra

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. Microsoft needs to pivot, AND NOW. The only way to do so is to jetison Balmer and his gravitational-grade suckage. He has squandered so many opportunities for Microsoft to still be relevant but I hope he is most remembered for his blisteringly stupid comments regarding the iPhone. Oh, and for failing to release Office for iOS. This departure letter is so sterile and absent of any meaning, he was asked politely to leave it seems. They made him an offer “he couldn’t refuse.”

    • Moeskido

      I predict his replacement will have a long, uphill battle to wage while he or she tries to fix the entrenched internal politics that run the company.

  • Moeskido

    A detestably deceptive sales Jock, right to the end. Still trying to cheerlead a bunch of too-clueless-to-work-in-Marketing-bros who aren’t listening to him any more.

    I detest this sweaty, repulsive homunculus because I’m surrounded by his tribe almost everywhere I’ve ever worked that had a staff of any size. I’m surrounded by them in restaurants, at rock concerts, and on public transportation after my work day is over… when I shouldn’t have to hear them any more.

    They talk loudly about nothing in tiny rooms, take credit for creative work they don’t understand, and appreciate nothing but the temporary camaraderie that their drink tickets buy them at the bar. What a sad substitute for genuine humans.