Here is Ballmer's email telling his employees he is retiring

Steve Ballmer has been with Microsoft for longer than some you have been alive and during that tenure, he has helped to shape and more importantly, grow Microsoft’s presence in the technology world.

To announce his retirement, Steve sent an email to all Microsoft employees and we have pasted it below:

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

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Not to troll here. But somehow when I read his email, it reminded me of the one from Jobs, and the one from Jobs seems to be much better...

This is unfortunate as I believe he still has many good years ahead of him that could be achieved. He is definitely is one of most charismatic individuals as CEO. Hopefully the next person has that quality, vision, and emotion to bring Microsoft to the next level.

We'll miss you Steve!

MS is just copying Apple again, I mean give it a bit and they will bring Gates back as their company savior...... </s>

Yeah... """retiring""" more like you've been here long enough we'll let you retire for laughing off iPhone, Android, and allowing Windows 8 to happen.

Kalint said,
Yeah... """retiring""" more like you've been here long enough we'll let you retire for laughing off iPhone, Android, and allowing Windows 8 to happen.

Lets not forget Vista

Sad. And I'm a Linux and Windows user, and even after he called us Communists, I still had respect for this man. Yeah a lot of us laughed at him and called him a chair-throwing monkey, and even after his years high up in Microsoft I must admit I never thought he'd be as cool and geeky as Bill Gates. But he is likely to be remembered as number two (and that's not all bad!) that was the business side of MS. Bill Gates might have made the consumer the focus, but Ballmer knew marketing like a wizard and that type of old-school get-it-done leadership empowered by passion and aggression is needed nowadays especially. How many CEOs stick with the founder and say "I love this company!" and aren't afraid to act like a kid once in a while? Not many. Many may have despised you (I'm sure some Microsofties hate Ballmer more than I do, which isn't much at all, even as a Linux user, ironic eh?). But I gotta admit, he stuck with his company. He listened to Bill Gates in terms of doing the best in the long-term for Microsoft. He cared. I almost cried when I found out he was leaving. And they weren't tears of joy, either! Even though it's been like the Cold War between Microsoft and the Linux world, I couldn't help but love the guy. He was the coolest old man of the corporate world! Traditional, yes, (especially when compared to Linus Torvalds and RMS) but the corporate world needs more manly men like him that stick with the company for the consumer and techie's interest, not selling out like Apple to the young and hip. Long story short I may think he was through thick and thin without taking off to just pocket some quick cash, took heat for doing necessary evils for Windows development (Vista and 8), and deserves a bit more credit. I don't think he was my favorite CEO ever, but those fools that said he was lowest on the list need to have a chair thrown at them! With all the trolling on the net between the OS wars, (yes I make fun of Windows all the time, but I'm never serious) I figured I'd show that even at least one of the Linux users is gonna miss his chair-throwing butt! I initially hated him, but damn he grew on me like a benevolent tumor! And yes the work he lead to be put into Windows 7 and 8 made me actually stop pirating Windows FOREVER and buy it because I KNEW IT WAS quality work. The guts of Windows seem to have gotten lighter, smoother, and more nimble under his stewardship. He may have been a dictator at MS, but damn let's hope he's made MS not turn into IBM. He was a dictator, but a benevelont one for the most part! Hopefully this great man (I noticed a twinkle in his eye in one of the front-page photos!) will have a nice, relaxing retirement! And who knows how to party more than Ballmer himself! No one!

Respectfully yours,
Your local resident Linux nerd!

Ballmer is easy to make fun of and certainly made his share of mistakes with Microsoft. No one ever born has been perfect. But really, I'm sure he couldn't care less what the internet rubes think.

Net worth: 15.2 Billion.

Who's laughing now?

Edited by COKid, Aug 23 2013, 2:48pm :

I'm not going to lie. I'm actually quite pleased. I think that Microsoft really need some new leadership and direction at the moment - I'll be interested to see who ends up replacing him.

So in the last 24 hours we've heard that Bradley Cooper is to voice Rocket Racoon, Ben Affleck is the new Batman and now Ballmer is leaving!

What the hell is gonna happen in the next 24 hours?

Pygmy_Hippo said,
So in the last 24 hours we've heard that Bradley Cooper is to voice Rocket Racoon, Ben Affleck is the new Batman and now Ballmer is leaving!

What the hell is gonna happen in the next 24 hours?

Steve Jobs is actually still alive?

Pygmy_Hippo said,
So in the last 24 hours we've heard that Bradley Cooper is to voice Rocket Racoon, Ben Affleck is the new Batman and now Ballmer is leaving!

What the hell is gonna happen in the next 24 hours?


Now I'm scared

Pygmy_Hippo said,
So in the last 24 hours we've heard that Bradley Cooper is to voice Rocket Racoon, Ben Affleck is the new Batman and now Ballmer is leaving!

What the hell is gonna happen in the next 24 hours?

Dont get me started on Ben Affleck and batman... the whole world is going to hell...

Being CEO of Microsoft requires you to stay fairly up to date on current events.
After hearing Ben Afflek had been chosen as Batman he knew it was time to get away from it all.

yakumo said,
Being CEO of Microsoft requires you to stay fairly up to date on current events.
After hearing Ben Afflek had been chosen as Batman he knew it was time to get away from it all.

*Mind Blown*

The company is making record profits. Sorry they didn't make the same software with the same features for your entire lifespan.

Stop trolling.... and go read something meaningful..

You do know that Windows is not the only product that MS makes and sells....

Euphoria said,
Stop trolling.... and go read something meaningful..

You do know that Windows is not the only product that MS makes and sells....

You clearly don't know what trolling is .. What he said was the thruth. Microsoft is making record profits regardless. Now go educate yourself.

C#Rocks said,
Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server.... care explain what's wrong with the latest versions instead of trolling ?

Your trolling. He is making a valid point! Use those products daily like I do and you will know what is wrong with them!

@ C#Rocks:
I am not sure if I should answer here... but hey I have some extra time at my hand so lets kill it...
Here is the list of some of the MS Products: http://www.linkedin.com/company/microsoft/products
This does not include the projects that MS is involved in or the other R&D work they are currently doing, so naming a few software apps and saying they are great so MS is doing great is an overstatement.
Showing profits on paper it's different than having an actual healthy growth in revenues and operating income.
A lot of departments in MS are still reporting loss.
MS is also getting a **** load of money from licensing and patents, which is great to keep them afloat but they should have and they could have done a lot better if they had the right leader...

C#Rocks said,
Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server.... care explain what's wrong with the latest versions instead of trolling ?

Sure, going to a yearly paid release cycle is going to kill businesses. We just upgraded to 2012 and now have to pay full price for R2 1 year later. BULLCRAP.

haha @ loss making departments/divisions.
Really? You are aware investing is needed? If they'd cut of the loss making Bing division, then what? Throw the towel in the ring for their internet market? How will that reflect on their other profit making departments/divisions in the future?

God I'm glad you ain't in line to succeed Ballmer.

Euphoria said,
Retiring, or forced into retirement!

Way overdue.... drove the company into the ground.


windows division has done many wrong thing from UI perspective but hey in other frontiers ms has been doing great

"I love the bigness and boldness of our bets"

I feel that Microsoft are being too "shy" with their bets at the minute. Their days of "We're Microsoft look at this awesome stuff" seem to be muted. They need to go balls-out again and be proud of their offerings, rather than being happy to stand alongside all the others.

I don't think anyone can replace bill gates. he was a ruthless businessman who would stop at nothing to get what he wants,even if it meant using large sums of money to get it done.

vcfan said,
I don't think anyone can replace bill gates. he was a ruthless businessman who would stop at nothing to get what he wants,even if it meant using large sums of money to get it done.

Yes, that's a lovely image that people like to portray isn't it...

I'd like them start getting more of the Microsoft Research stuff into shops - hopefully the new CEO will look at what is being done there and figure out a way to monetise it and open up new markets

vcfan said,
I don't think anyone can replace bill gates. he was a ruthless businessman who would stop at nothing to get what he wants,even if it meant using large sums of money to get it done.

And ended up with the trial that crippled the company for years.....

Nik Louch said
I feel that Microsoft are being too "shy" with their bets at the minute. Their days of "We're Microsoft look at this awesome stuff" seem to be muted. They need to go balls-out again and be proud of their offerings, rather than being happy to stand alongside all the others.

Hahahaha. Yeah, sure. As long as it doesn't deviate in any way from the way it works currently don't you mean? Windows 8's an example of what you're describing; that worked awesomely didn't it?

As long as you have a bunch of whiny people who scream the joint down when you force them to change or do something new, they can't implement this sort of vision, lest the loud ignorant minority will kill it every chance they get, sight unseen.

vcfan said,
I don't think anyone can replace bill gates. he was a ruthless businessman who would stop at nothing to get what he wants,even if it meant using large sums of money to get it done.

True, Plus the tactics of stealing other company's technology and forcing them out of business. Remember Stacker Hard Disk Compression?

NeoPogo said,

True, Plus the tactics of stealing other company's technology and forcing them out of business. Remember Stacker Hard Disk Compression?

stealing is bad. they lost the patent lawsuit,and had to pony up the money in the end. stacker going out of business was because the market for their technology died,not because microsoft forced them out of business.

vcfan said,

stealing is bad. they lost the patent lawsuit,and had to pony up the money in the end. stacker going out of business was because the market for their technology died,not because microsoft forced them out of business.

Then why did DoubleSpace live on in MS DOS 6? That product thrived after Microsoft cancelled the agreements with Stac Electronics after MS has their technology. The demand did not die, MS took it and gave it away for free with MS DOS 6.

Nice try to spin reality.

Yeah I've noticed how "ruthless" he's been since retiring, "ruthlessly" giving away half his fortune to try to help his fellow man, honestly some folk don't half talk garbage on here.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Yeah I've noticed how "ruthless" he's been since retiring, "ruthlessly" giving away half his fortune to try to help his fellow man, honestly some folk don't half talk garbage on here.

I recommend you to read Alain de Botton's essay 'Against philanthropy' to understand why a few years of tax-benefiting donations will never compensate years of anticompetitive and unethical earnings.

NeoPogo said,

Then why did DoubleSpace live on in MS DOS 6? That product thrived after Microsoft cancelled the agreements with Stac Electronics after MS has their technology. The demand did not die, MS took it and gave it away for free with MS DOS 6.

Nice try to spin reality.

microsoft settled with stac,and even bought a chunk of their company, then they went ahead and licensed technology from a different company for their compressions software and doublespace became drivespace. stacs software was no longer relevant in the market,and thats why the company went out of business. at this point,microsoft was using technology from a different compny. there is nothing unethical here on microsofts part.

vcfan said,

microsoft settled with stac,and even bought a chunk of their company, then they went ahead and licensed technology from a different company for their compressions software and doublespace became drivespace. stacs software was no longer relevant in the market,and thats why the company went out of business. at this point,microsoft was using technology from a different compny. there is nothing unethical here on microsofts part.

You forgot the link that shows this...