Here is Steve Ballmer's last email to Microsoft's employees

Microsoft may have named Satya Nadella as its new CEO today, but that decision also means Steve Ballmer, who joined the company in 1980 and has lead the folks at Redmond since 2000, is now officially no longer working day-to-day at Microsoft after 34 years. Ballmer first announced his plans to retire from Microsoft in August, which triggered a nearly six month search by the company for a new CEO which ended today.

Microsoft has published the final letter sent to Microsoft's team members from Ballmer on this occasion. It is shown below in full:

Today is an incredibly exciting day as we announce Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft. Satya will be a great CEO, and I am pumped for the future of Microsoft. You can read the full announcement here.

Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what's going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way. I have worked closely with Satya for many years and I have seen these skills many times. He is not alone, though. Our Senior Leadership Team has never been stronger, and together this group will drive us forward.

Microsoft is one of the great companies in the world. I love this company. I love the bigness and boldness of what we do. I love the way we partner with other companies to come together to change the world. I love the breadth and the diversity of all of the customers we empower, from students in the classroom to consumers to small businesses to governments to the largest enterprises.

Above all, I love the spirit of this place, the passion, and the perseverance, which has been the cornerstone of our culture from the very beginning.

Stay focused and keep moving forward. I am excited about what we will do. Satya’s appointment confirms that.

Thanks for making Microsoft the most amazing place to work on the planet, and thanks for the chance to lead.

Steve

Microsoft has also uploaded a new video featuring Ballmer speaking about his support for Nadella, and he states that he is open to helping the new CEO "in any way that I can". He ends the clip by saying, "I love this company, and today couldn't be a better day."

There had been speculation that Ballmer would also give up his seat on Microsoft's board of directors when he left as CEO but he remains on the board after today's events. Ballmer still owns nearly four percent of Microsoft  and has already stated he does not plan to sell them anytime soon.

Source: Microsoft

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Steve Jobbs could captivate a room and make everybody listen which in itself is truly a gift. Steve Ballmer most certainly could captivate a room and make everybody listen to what he was saying. two completely different people with similar skills and both will be deeply missed. I actually liked Steve ballmer he was a great spokesman... but boy did he sweat like... lee Evans (Comedian) when he was doing a speech.

MFH said,
Man I'm gonna miss Ballmer - he's probably the most emotionally attached CEO in history…

He really was. Too much so, perhaps, but you certainly can't blame a man for that! I hope for great things in his future.

Sometimes reading the comments on Neowin gets so depressing.
Why is there just so much hate on this site?
Lots of very frustrated readers lately?

Stoffel said,
Sometimes reading the comments on Neowin gets so depressing.
Why is there just so much hate on this site?
Lots of very frustrated readers lately?

It is very sad that there will always be people who have to be negative in their direction or outlook in life. I wish people will just grow up and maybe say this is a positive for Ballmer also. He now can focus on other things. It's better to always look for the positive otherwise you'll just live a depressing life.

Just this endorsement by Balmer "Today is an incredibly exciting day as we announce Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft. Satya will be a great CEO, and I am pumped for the future of Microsoft." Kills any credibility that Nadella might have had among some people....

I cant believe this is happening to MS....

Seeing him raise two hands like that reminds me of the old days when he decides that 65K RAM was more than enough. Or when he exclaim excitedly that Windows comes with Reversi (or Othello).

Krome said,
Seeing him raise two hands like that reminds me of the old days when he decides that 65K RAM was more than enough.
You seem to be getting Ballmer confused with Gates, and 65K confused with 640K. Not to mention the fact that the quote being attributed to Gates is pure myth.

Regardless of what people think of Ballmer on this site or any other, I have a tremendous amount of respect for any man that can put that kind of devotion into a company. He is one of the greatest CEOs of his generation and history will prove that. There is no mistaking his immense love for this company and any company would benefit from his wealth of experience. I am impressed with how far he brought MS (tripled revenues, tripled profit, over a dozen multi billion dollar lines of business, funneling money back to shareholders, etc) and it is hard to not respect him and his accomplishments. Regardless of whether he missed the smartphone shift or not, it does not in any way negate his accomplishments. I wish him the absolute best going forward.

jamdown said,
Regardless of what people think of Ballmer on this site or any other, I have a tremendous amount of respect for any man that can put that kind of devotion into a company. He is one of the greatest CEOs of his generation and history will prove that. There is no mistaking his immense love for this company and any company would benefit from his wealth of experience. I am impressed with how far he brought MS (tripled revenues, tripled profit, over a dozen multi billion dollar lines of business, funneling money back to shareholders, etc) and it is hard to not respect him and his accomplishments. Regardless of whether he missed the smartphone shift or not, it does not in any way negate his accomplishments. I wish him the absolute best going forward.

Truth. We've got a lot of revisionist historians out there who want to pretend that the only thing Ballmer did in his decade+ tenure is fail over and over again. Ballmer took over (IIRC) in 2000. All the man did was make money, ending his tenure with record revenues last quarter. He did what I expect CEOs to do - make tons of money for the company. I don't want to diminish his failures but I'm also not going to downplay how rich he made Microsoft. It's funny watching the haters and armchair analyst rush to discredit Ballmer all-the-while Microsoft is swimming in cash like Scrooge McDuck.

jamdown said,
Figure 8 Dash said,
Word up to the both of you. The hatred for the most part was unjustified. Seems like many just joined the group against Ballmer because it was the in thing to do.

Revisionist historians, armchair analysts are spot on descriptions of some folks. Like you said, I will not downplay his missed opportunties and failures, but his accomplishments far far far outnumber his stumbles. There is nothing that he has done that warrants the constant bashing of his tenure at MS. I give credit where credit is due, and Ballmer, by any measure, was a top notch CEO. People need to give the man his props.

Figure 8 Dash said,

Truth. We've got a lot of revisionist historians out there who want to pretend that the only thing Ballmer did in his decade+ tenure is fail over and over again. Ballmer took over (IIRC) in 2000. All the man did was make money, ending his tenure with record revenues last quarter. He did what I expect CEOs to do - make tons of money for the company. I don't want to diminish his failures but I'm also not going to downplay how rich he made Microsoft. It's funny watching the haters and armchair analyst rush to discredit Ballmer all-the-while Microsoft is swimming in cash like Scrooge McDuck.

Couldn't have said it any better myself.

jamdown said,
Regardless of what people think of Ballmer on this site or any other, I have a tremendous amount of respect for any man that can put that kind of devotion into a company. He is one of the greatest CEOs of his generation and history will prove that. There is no mistaking his immense love for this company and any company would benefit from his wealth of experience. I am impressed with how far he brought MS (tripled revenues, tripled profit, over a dozen multi billion dollar lines of business, funneling money back to shareholders, etc) and it is hard to not respect him and his accomplishments. Regardless of whether he missed the smartphone shift or not, it does not in any way negate his accomplishments. I wish him the absolute best going forward.

Spot on. Well said.

How quickly people forget that Ballmer oversaw the release of the two most successful versions of Windows, XP and 7. Vista wasn't so much a failure on Microsoft's part even as much as it was their misguided thought that OEMs would support a new version and release working drivers in time. Ballmer was, in my opinion, a fantastic CEO. Yes, he wasn't without his faults, and he did make mistakes, but no one is perfect. The man was extremely passionate about the company he served and tried to stay involved with as much as possible. In reality and hindsight, CEO may not have been the very best position for him, but he certainly did NOT do a bad job.

he looks like he is going to cry like a baby, and his statement looks so fake. he is so excited that he is no longer the CEO

As much as I don't really like him and I think he's responsible for many issues at MS, I feel bad for him, it's obvious he got pushed out and he didn't want to leave

Nothing personal Steve Ballmer, but I'm glad you're finally gone. You never came close to be the CEO Bill Gates was, you had no vision, and I wasn't a fan of the direction you tried to give to Microsoft.

Hopefully, with its new CEO, Microsoft will pursue a new goal, a new vision, and once again be the company it was during its "golden age", a leader and an innovator.

Windows 8, I put the blame for that failed abortion squarely on Ballmer's shoulders. Windows 8 and Metro should be taken out back and shot, Old Yeller style. As for Ballmer, he should simply be shown the door and kicked out on his rear end.

trparky said,
Windows 8, I put the blame for that failed abortion squarely on Ballmer's shoulders. Windows 8 and Metro should be taken out back and shot, Old Yeller style. As for Ballmer, he should simply be shown the door and kicked out on his rear end.

I just lost way too many brain cells reading this...

trparky said,
Windows 8, I put the blame for that failed abortion squarely on Ballmer's shoulders. Windows 8 and Metro should be taken out back and shot, Old Yeller style. As for Ballmer, he should simply be shown the door and kicked out on his rear end.

Then you should also put him on a pedestal since he squarely is responsible for Windows 7.

In reality however he wasn't in charge of the day-to-day product development of Windows 8. He OK'd the change of direction to touch and mobility. He also OK'd the change to metro. None of those things are wrong. On a touch-based and mobile device its a superb UI.

The mistakes were made when linking desktops to the new interface. This is not inherently wrong either. I actually think its smart to create one familiar UI across the board. However it should be adaptable and Windows 8 on desktop was clearly not adapted to mouse input. Should Ballmer not have OK'd it? Perhaps but then we might still have been waiting for WIndows 8. Perhaps instead he should have decided to only release it for tablets until it was ready. Whatever you may think he certainly wasnt the only one involved in making that mistake.

trparky said,
Windows 8, I put the blame for that failed abortion squarely on Ballmer's shoulders. Windows 8 and Metro should be taken out back and shot, Old Yeller style. As for Ballmer, he should simply be shown the door and kicked out on his rear end.
Millions agree with you trparky.