Ballmer's memo to employees is passionate, optimistic

Not long after the announcement of the Microsoft Surface, Ballmer released an internal memo to light a fire within the company and rally the troops to keep pushing further with their ambitions. The company has released several products over the past few years that have been a huge success and with Surface, Ballmer is ambitious that the trend will continue.

The memo is clearly passionate and you can almost see Steve sitting in his office pounding this out vigorously and instilling his ambitious attitude directly in to the memo you see below. 

You can see the memo below that was scooped by GeekWire:

 

From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 4:31 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: Big Day, Big Year

I love this company.

I love that we have brilliant engineers with brilliant ideas. I love that we aren’t afraid to make big bold bets. I love that we are persistent – after all it’s our passion and tenacity that bring our dreams to life. And right now, I love how so much of our hard work, passion and tenacity are coming together in the products we are bringing to market.

Today, we made an exciting and significant Windows announcement — we revealed Microsoft Surface — a new family of computing devices from Microsoft. Surface complements the work of our OEMs and fulfills the Windows 8 vision. You can learn more and watch the event video tomorrow on the Microsoft NewsCenter.

This great news comes on the heels of an incredible few months. Just think, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Skype announcement. We shipped the Windows Release Preview. Dynamics delivered key updates, and continues to crank out double digit growth. We made search more social (and we did it the right way!) with a significant redesign of Bing. We announced that we’re making entertainment more amazing with Xbox on the phone, PC, tablet and TV with the coming releases of Halo 4, Internet Explorer on Xbox and SmartGlass. We shared our vision for a new era of cloud computing with Windows Server 2012 and important advancements to the Windows Azure services. And in the next few weeks we’ll see more great news and momentum from the Windows Phone Division and the Microsoft Office Division.

Our plans are well underway to unleash an incredible pipeline of new devices and services that consumers love and businesses need. Our work is getting noticed and our customers are excited.

We still have a lot of hard work to do. But today, I encourage you to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come over the past few years and how much further we’ll go in the next one.

I’m incredibly proud of the work this company is doing and ra.

Steve

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TsaeNikky - I am sure you have done everything right the fist time right? No mistake? No regrets? And you run a Multi-BILLION DOLLAR company? Last time I checked I don't see your name on the top 100 CEO's list.

Melfster - Kin? Was Verizon being stupid. It wasn't a great success and Apple never had a failure right? Sheesh I wonder how APPLE survived after almost failing. Oh wait it was MS that bailed them out. IBM almost went under. The list goes on and on.

The Zune was a marvel of an MP3 player and leaps and bounds better than the IPOD. The Eco_system wasn't in place but the subscription service was a joy and I still am grandfathered into the 10 songs a month for "free". I will keep it for as long as I can. I download an album a month.

The Surface is the hardware I have been looking for to replace the Dell Adamo I have. I am typing this on my MacBook Pro 17". So I like technology no matter the OS. If it is good then I use it.

Also Apple has lost their way. Just look at the last event they had. They have a Retina Display 15" laptop - whoopie.. The default is 1440 resolution and you can force it to 1920. 2880 is too small to read and it won't work up to that resolution on the desktop and it shouldn't. It will take a lot of tweaking to get it right from the 3rd party.

Look at the new IPAD with Retina. How companies have caught up? I have one and I still get a lot of FUZZY graphics from some of the top APPs releaser. The new IPAD has been out long enough for more updates but they haven't been actually coming in droves.

mrmomoman said,
TsaeNikky - I am sure you have done everything right the fist time right? No mistake? No regrets? And you run a Multi-BILLION DOLLAR company? Last time I checked I don't see your name on the top 100 CEO's list.

Melfster - Kin? Was Verizon being stupid. It wasn't a great success and Apple never had a failure right? Sheesh I wonder how APPLE survived after almost failing. Oh wait it was MS that bailed them out. IBM almost went under. The list goes on and on.

The Zune was a marvel of an MP3 player and leaps and bounds better than the IPOD. The Eco_system wasn't in place but the subscription service was a joy and I still am grandfathered into the 10 songs a month for "free". I will keep it for as long as I can. I download an album a month.

The Surface is the hardware I have been looking for to replace the Dell Adamo I have. I am typing this on my MacBook Pro 17". So I like technology no matter the OS. If it is good then I use it.

Also Apple has lost their way. Just look at the last event they had. They have a Retina Display 15" laptop - whoopie.. The default is 1440 resolution and you can force it to 1920. 2880 is too small to read and it won't work up to that resolution on the desktop and it shouldn't. It will take a lot of tweaking to get it right from the 3rd party.

Look at the new IPAD with Retina. How companies have caught up? I have one and I still get a lot of FUZZY graphics from some of the top APPs releaser. The new IPAD has been out long enough for more updates but they haven't been actually coming in droves.

You are right, I have not everything right the first time around, nor am I a multi-billion company. But, when one IS running a multi-billion company they have to be held to a much higher standard of conduct--most especially when in a "core" business/industry. MS's decision to abandon enterprise marketplace with its Windows-8 is comparable to electric utilities deciding that 55Hz should be the new way of running things. Yes, some appliances will still work (maybe); but now everyone has to discard their 60Hz appliances and buy new ones.

TsarNikky said,
If things were done right the first time, one would not need to motivate employees with inspirational pep talks.

No, but it shows a CEO who is passionate and enthusiastic about his company and the work he's doing.

I know that's a rare view for people to have nowadays, though...

TsarNikky said,
If things were done right the first time, one would not need to motivate employees with inspirational pep talks.

You couldn't be any more wrong. Pep talks are always necessary whether positive or negative. How would you like your good work to go unnoticed? How do you think a business would continue to function when bad work isn't made better?

Microsoft has been piling up on cash ever since Ballmer become CEO. We have a new Microsoft.

IE9 'wow'ed me.
And then Windows Phone 7 'wow'ed me.
Then, the Windows 8 reveal 'wow'ed me.
Today, the Surface blew me away.

These are just a few examples, but Microsoft is absolutely on the right track.

FalseAgent said,
Microsoft has been piling up on cash ever since Ballmer become CEO. We have a new Microsoft.

IE9 'wow'ed me.
And then Windows Phone 7 'wow'ed me.
Then, the Windows 8 reveal 'wow'ed me.
Today, the Surface blew me away.

These are just a few examples, but Microsoft is absolutely on the right track.


Then there is the Kin debacle, The zune debacle, Windows Phone 7 has really taken off. They have losing market share in Browser. Not to mention there stock price has been stagnant. And You call Ballmer a great CEO I wonder what you call bad CEO. I don't think Ballmer has been good for Microsoft at all. Maybe he can turn it around I don't know we will see with Windows 8

Melfster said,

Then there is the Kin debacle, The Zune debacle, Windows Phone 7 has really taken off. They have losing market share in Browser. Not to mention there stock price has been stagnant. And You call Ballmer a great CEO I wonder what you call bad CEO. I don't think Ballmer has been good for Microsoft at all. Maybe he can turn it around I don't know we will see with Windows 8

Kin debacle? That was Verizon with their pricing that messed that up. Zune debacle? It was only sold in the U.S. and no ad's, but it was the next best selling mp3 after the iPod. WP7 is selling and #1 in some countries. CEO's can't do to much for the stock market. MS bring in more money each quarter and each yr than Google, but Google stock is higher. If you look it up you'll see that MS has more share's out there than Apple. Ballmer is a great CEO!!! Since he been CEO, has MS been in the red? No, each year is better than the last! "Hey lets fire the CEO cause he's brought in more money than last year. He sucks!" How many CEO's out there that wasn't a founder or co-founder out there that has more money than him or brought in more money for their company than him?

Melfster said,

Then there is the Kin debacle, The zune debacle, Windows Phone 7 has really taken off. They have losing market share in Browser. Not to mention there stock price has been stagnant. And You call Ballmer a great CEO I wonder what you call bad CEO. I don't think Ballmer has been good for Microsoft at all. Maybe he can turn it around I don't know we will see with Windows 8

Your criticism of the few less than stellar products is exactly why you are not a massively successful entrepreneur. Getting caught up on "failures" only blinds you to opportunities starring you in the face.


And in the next few weeks we'll see more great news and momentum from the Windows Phone Division and the Microsoft Office Division.

What is the Microsoft Office division announcing in the next few weeks? Office 2013 beta?

rfirth said,

What is the Microsoft Office division announcing in the next few weeks? Office 2013 beta?

What's wrong with beta. At least final build will have majority of the issues are fixed. Of course the minority would not get it changed. That's just the problem "you just can't make everyone happy"

minster11 said,

What's wrong with beta. At least final build will have majority of the issues are fixed. Of course the minority would not get it changed. That's just the problem "you just can't make everyone happy"

I didn't say anything was wrong with beta... I'm exciting about the possibility of a coming beta

"I love that we aren't afraid to make big bold bets"

Translation

"We are so deeply scared of how the market is evolving and us being out of it completely that we don't know what we are doing but we are betting on it to get some traction or else we are in deep ****!"

parisp said,
"I love that we aren't afraid to make big bold bets"

Translation

"We are so deeply scared of how the market is evolving and us being out of it completely that we don't know what we are doing but we are betting on it to get some traction or else we are in deep ****!"

Shh, no tears, only dreams now

I imagine doing an Apple-style reveal and seeing how positively it has been received has done wonders for Microsoft's morale internally. Now they just need to avoid falling at the final hurdle - when they announce pricing.

what said,
I imagine doing an Apple-style reveal and seeing how positively it has been received has done wonders for Microsoft's morale internally. Now they just need to avoid falling at the final hurdle - when they announce pricing.

They actually need to announce the full spec. Curious that no audio output was seen on the devices, maybe it's not completed yet.

mutualcore said,

They actually need to announce the full spec. Curious that no audio output was seen on the devices, maybe it's not completed yet.

He did mention something about audio during the keynote but the images don't appear to have a jack. Maybe it will be via usb or the hdmi out?

Cyborg_X said,

He did mention something about audio during the keynote but the images don't appear to have a jack. Maybe it will be via usb or the hdmi out?

So I have all the standard headphones that use a 3.5mm jack, I'm going to have to get some kind of a 3.5mm to micro HDMI adapter? FAIL!

mutualcore said,

They actually need to announce the full spec. Curious that no audio output was seen on the devices, maybe it's not completed yet.

When you have USB ports, does it matter?

mutualcore said,
They actually need to announce the full spec. Curious that no audio output was seen on the devices, maybe it's not completed yet.
During the keynote they said that Surface is using dual speaker (stereo) and dual microphone (at least for the Pro version).
They are ATM just gathering the feedback they have to make it even better before finalizing the product. They are listening to their customers.

What are people's general perception of Ballmer? To me he seems mediocre, for every good thing he does he screws up multiple.

myxomatosis said,

This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8To-6VIJZRE


Bill Gates was more credible and likeable in my opinion (and perception)

You have to admire his passion though. He may not be able to match Bill Gates, but still he is doing very good job, and best thing he is continuously improving himself. He is doing stuff which you won't expect from Ballmer.

Bill Gates and Ballmer formed a good team, Gates was the technology and strategy guy...and Ballmer was sales guy. So he messed up after Gates departure, as it turns out it is not easy to replace Gates.

Now they have new team, Ballmer and Sinofsky with different balance of equation....and some what new Microsoft.

thealexweb said,
What are people's general perception of Ballmer? To me he seems mediocre, for every good thing he does he screws up multiple.

I think Ballmer gets a lot of crap for being a good boss to be honest. Yes, he has anger issues, but at the same time this is the guy whose Microsoft brought us Windows XP, Windows 7, the Xbox, the Xbox 360, Office 2007, Kinect, .NET, etc, etc.

People forget that he's been running the company for well over a decade now, and that all of Microsofts biggest products since (and including) WinXP have been launched under his leadership.

He does have a big problem though: Charisma. Jobs, like him or loathe him, oozed the stuff. He ate public speaking for breakfast. Ballmer (to me) though come across more as a "business man". A guy I'd trust my enterprise software needs to, but he's not what I'd call "stylish".

Calum said,

Nothing in that video brings Ballmer's credibility to question.

Then I guess your boss will be comfortable with you acting like this during a meeting with his own boss

Do you really believe the things you write when you write them? Are you trolling?

myxomatosis said,

Then I guess your boss will be comfortable with you acting like this during a meeting with his own boss

Do you really believe the things you write when you write them? Are you trolling?


Do you also believe Mark Zuckerberg isn't credible because he wears a hoodie instead of a suit? Some people do, and such an opinion is likewise ridiculous.

Ballmer is showing passion in that video, and such attitude shouldn't be deemed "unprofessional" or "noncredible." It isn't as if he's standing on the stage shouting expletives at people. He's showing passion and he's encouraging developers to be more passionate about the product.

So yes, I do believe these things when I write them

Good luck Steve... you're only 3 years late with your tablet, and you have no good apps in your app store.

Ohh, and you have an OS (Windows 8) a lot of people despise. It won't be easy.

myxomatosis said,
Good luck Steve... you're only 3 years late with your tablet, and you have no good apps in your app store.

Ohh, and you have an OS (Windows 8) a lot of people despise. It won't be easy.


1. A lot of people despise it... on the desktop. If we're talking about tablets here, people love it.
2. The OS isn't even finished yet, you expect the Store to have as much apps in it as iOS does right now? Things take time...

MASTER260 said,

2. The OS isn't even finished yet, you expect the Store to have as much apps in it as iOS does right now? Things take time...

That's why I say Microsoft is 3 years late.

myxomatosis said,

That's why I say Microsoft is 3 years late.


Microsoft are always late. They were late with a GUI on Windows 1.0; they were late with the first Xbox; etc.

This is just what Microsoft do. They come in late and make it better than the competition.

myxomatosis said,
Good luck Steve... you're only 3 years late with your tablet, and you have no good apps in your app store.

Ohh, and you have an OS (Windows 8) a lot of people despise. It won't be easy.

An excellent product is never late.

myxomatosis said,
Good luck Steve... you're only 3 years late with your tablet, and you have no good apps in your app store.

Ohh, and you have an OS (Windows 8) a lot of people despise. It won't be easy.

You do know the Store is intentionally limited at this point, right?

myxomatosis said,

That's why I say Microsoft is 3 years late.

yep, microsoft is so late to the tablet market, they are 11yrs ahead... wait... MS did put slate designs out in 2001 right?.... way before apple... just because it didn't take off doesn't mean they are "late"

neufuse said,

yep, microsoft is so late to the tablet market, they are 11yrs ahead... wait... MS did put slate designs out in 2001 right?.... way before apple... just because it didn't take off doesn't mean they are "late"

Exactly. Some people do forget that there was a Windows XP Tablet Edition.

briangw said,

Exactly. Some people do forget that there was a Windows XP Tablet Edition.

Most people want to forget that there was a Windows XP Tablet Edition.

neufuse said,

yep, microsoft is so late to the tablet market, they are 11yrs ahead... wait... MS did put slate designs out in 2001 right?.... way before apple... just because it didn't take off doesn't mean they are "late"


the first tablet from microsoft dates from the early 90s,somewhere around 91 or 92 iirc. they even made a windows for it. even XP has a tablet version.
then again, apple released its first tablet in 93 or something

Majesticmerc said,
Most people want to forget that there was a Windows XP Tablet Edition.

Why? Have a couple tablets that used to run it just fine.

myxomatosis said,

That's why I say Microsoft is 3 years late.

I don't know about you but I'm going to have a few "apps" on my Windows 8 tablet from the start.. Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, Word, Excel, Access, Visio, to name a few. I'll even plug my iPad into it for kicks.

myxomatosis said,

That's why I say Microsoft is 3 years late.

People said they were late with the XBOX and there was no way they could catch Sony or Nintendo. They're looking a bit foolish now, aren't they.

The key is in what was said. Microsoft are "persistent" and well, let's face it, rich. They can pour money in until it becomes a success.

Majesticmerc said,

Most people want to forget that there was a Windows XP Tablet Edition.

Why? Worked fine on on the ones I used.