Steve Ballmer uses Dirty Dancing song to say farewell to Microsoft employees

On Thursday, thousands of Microsoft employees gathered at the Key Arena in Seattle to attend their annual company-wide meeting. The workers were treated to a demo of an upcoming cloud-based game streaming service and were told that both Windows and Windows Phone will soon have one merged app store.

However, the main highlight of the event, according to the people who attended, was the appearance of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who recently announced his upcoming retirement. The Wall Street Journal reports that Ballmer got very emotional and even teared up near the end of the seven hour meeting, as he told his employees that Microsoft will continue to innovate and "change the world."

At the end of his speech, Ballmer departed the stage while the speakers at the Key Arena played, "(I’ve Had) The Time Of my Life", the 1987 pop music hit sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes as part of the movie Dirty Dancing. The tune actually won the Academy Award that year for Best Song.

Meanwhile the search for Ballmer's replacement continues as new rumors hit the Internet on Thursday that current Ford CEO Alan Mulally is now considered to be the leading candidate for the Microsoft gig.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Microsoft

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I have to admit this, Steve Balmer was pretty cool if your going to get a new CEO then get someone who will dig the Xbox One out of the grave its dug its self in and make it better.

Dirty Dancing Song? You know you used that title just to attract readers, right? I love that song but never related it with the movie. Even when the guy is leaving Microsoft, you wanna-be bloggers have to give him the last kick still... that's low, even for Neowin standards.

oh well, we all knew the commenters were going to give a parting kick any way, might as well troll before being trolled..

J_R_G said,
oh well, we all knew the commenters were going to give a parting kick any way, might as well troll before being trolled..

Trollception?

I agree with you there Winrez, I have always categorised Steve Ballmer with Steve Jobs, why... well both Jobs and Ballmer could captivate a room full of people and draw them into the conversation and the topic. He's a great talker and I think whoever takes his position would have to fulfil his passion for entertaining an audience,

knighthawk said,
He played it to 7000 people hmm I think the RIAA may want to have a word.

Considering what MS has paid the Rolling Stones for Start Me Up and Madonna for Ray of Light for marketing promos, I don't think they'd have a problem for something that was only played at a company meeting. Pocket change.

Those rapists tried to go after a local gym here for merely re-broadcasting a local FM radio station inside the building to on average ~20 people, so I never put anything past them. (The gym owner literally told them to "f off" btw and they did after a couple of nasty exchanges.)

Albert said,
a self-congratulatory farewell. yep. that about sums up what's so wrong with microsoft.

Yea, wish Microsoft never invented retirement parties. /s

Albert said,
a self-congratulatory farewell. yep. that about sums up what's so wrong with microsoft.

That's not at all what this event was -- Microsoft holds this meeting annually. Ballmer didn't talk a whole lot about himself, it was all about Microsoft and where it's headed.

A 7 hour meeting with 10000+ in attendance? Can't imagine sitting for that long, even though I'd likely be interested in almost everything