Tear Filled Steve Ballmer Bids Farewell to Employees, Takes Parting Jabs at Competition

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Cregan89

You guys make it out like the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world with little to no tech background actually designed Windows 8. Wakeup call everyone, Ballmer had absolutely nothing to do with the design of Windows 8, and it's not his job to. His job is to increase the return on investment for his shareholders, and at that he was a very successful CEO. His job is to set the companies direction for future growth, and put the right people in the right positions.

You all just complain about Windows 8 and make Steve Ballmer out like he's trying to intentionally destroy the PC. Did you all forget that he was also the CEO during the release of Windows XP and Windows 7? Microsoft Office has done incredibly well during his time with Microsoft and he has seen Office successfully transition into a cloud service platform. He was there during the development and release of the Xbox 360 and saw the division turn profitable.

And Windows 8 is obviously a work in progress, is late to the market and as such is trailing behind the competition, and Windows Phone suffers the same fortune. But he realized his mistake, admits it, and made a bold bet on the future. I mean, Windows 8 had to happen, nobody can deny that. The general population has made their preferences obvious, and they make sense. Why do I need a desk, a 40 lbs computer, a wall outlet, a complex window based UI, and a mouse for 95% of the things I do on my computer? Well, Apple has proven that you don't. I think Windows 8 solves the 95% problem better than iOS and Android (although it needs more developer support and applications, but this relates back to the late to market issue). I also think it solves the powerful 5% issue better than Windows 7, OSX, and ChromeOS. It's big issue is the cohesion between the 95% interface and the 5% interface, it's horrible, and it takes away from both interfaces themselves. But I think Microsoft knows this and they will eventually find a way to combine the simplicity of the 95% interface with the power of the 5% interface into one package. And at that point Microsoft will have a solid platform for the future that can handle a diverse future of PC and device hardware. Which is exactly what Ballmer needed to do in the "Post-PC" era bull-shit.

The man is obviously very passionate about Microsoft, he has dedicated his whole life to the company, and most other CEO's would kill to have his track record. Give the guy a break and show a little respect.

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limitbreaker

You're almost right about everything but the problem with windows 8 is that it's a little pushy. They could have easily made it so that desktop users aren't forced to use the start screen but they don't because Microsoft wants to force us to use windows the way they want. They should have let windows 8 start the way it does but make it an option to fully ignore all the new touch inspired functions without a third party application. They're going half way there with 8.1 by letting your pc boot directly on desktop but I still want a fully functional start button... not a different way of pushing the windows key to fall into the tablet screen.

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limitbreaker

Maybe that's why the metro interface is so ugly and unappealing... look at Ballmer's shirt... He's got no sense of taste lol lime green

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ApathyCurve

Well... bye.

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maxeeemum

Then the Shepard gathered his fold. He pleaded "Go forth and spread the word that Windows 8 is good. Stand up against the detractors, indoctrinate the many and fight to spread the message. For Windows 8 is my baby and with it my chance to be like Apple! A Windows Phone 8 on every PC. An interface so infectious that the masses will buy all Microsoft products without thought. Yes, a Windows Phone 8 in every hand, a X-Box One in every living room, a Surface for all portable needs and much more. Please do this for me as I am being forced out of this company. Please don't let Windows 8 be my legacy that started the downfall of Microsoft. Please!!!"

Then the flock cheered loudly "BAAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

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davelray

@maxeeemum Give it a rest already. Don't you have something better to do than to spend your time posting unintelligent crap like this here cluttering up the place?

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maxeeemum

Come on lray loosen up a little! It's called freedom of speech! So you give it a rest cause October 17th is coming. And I'm just warming up. But I still enjoy playing with you. LOL!

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legionera

- 11

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warptek2010

+1

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PCWolf

Amen! *passes the collection plate*

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Xenite

Good ridden you bald headed ruinous bastard, thanks for destroying the PC platform on the way out.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

LOL

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yammerpickle2

MS has so mistreated the PC gamer that Valve has Steam OS, and Steam boxes coming out running Linux to get rid of the M$ tax. AMD is claiming Direct x is obsolete and making their own replacement that is supposedly much faster.
Personally, I hope these technologies leave M$ in the dust. Under Ballmer they intentionally stopped servicing their key customer bases so they could try and make themselves into a device and cloud service supplier. I’m okay with trying to expand their product offerings and expand their business, but to intentionally hold back and disrupt your key customers like business, and PC gaming for years so they can try and sell a few more WIN 8 phones and Xbox consoles is a horrible way to do it.
I bet if Win 8 had the option of traditional UI with start menu and Direct X that offered 15% or better frame rates we all would be singing its praises.
I actually wish MS well. I hope they get leadership that understands tech, and has a vision that services their customers. Then maybe instead of badly pretending to be Apple, or Google they can be MS again and regain sales and consumer confidence in their products.

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davelray

Valve is creating SteamOS so they can do the exact thing they are calling Microsoft out for doing. They want to be the only game in town when it comes to digital game distribution and publishing. So they are creating their own "walled" garden. Linux has had decades to come up to snuff for gamers. So I'll believe major gaming has come to Linux when I see it.

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John Pombrio

Always good to have a lame duck as the head of your company. When exactly came you expect him to, y'know' LEAVE? When can you start ignoring him? Put a temp in place and get him out of there, he is doing no good just hanging about with his power base so diminished.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

"PUUH INN AHHNN DAAH RIIIZZZ!!!"

Microsoft reminds me of Netflix, when Hastings said, "Hey, fuck all those people who made us rich by getting their DVDs in the mail! It's the future, and everything's streaming, starting now!"

Ballmer said, "Hey, fuck everyone who made us rich buying our operating systems and business software! It's the future, and we're doubling down on markets we have no presence in!"

Ballmer has such severe daddy issues that he had to destroy Windows, because Gates made Windows, and Windows made Microsoft -- not Ballmer.

Yes, I know Gates was a thief who stole others' works to pass off as his own -- but that's not the point.

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FatOldGuy

Kinda like his old pal Steve Jobs.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Apple appropriated the GUI idea and mouse from Xerox PARC, along with a bunch of their staff.

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Armedes

I hope the next guy is better at supporting developers developers developers developers developers developers developers...

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jgottberg

I just hope MS hires someone more charismatic...(heavy dose of sarcasm) I will miss his maniacal mug shots and shirts soaked in armpit juice.

*Paul, do you think you could post one of those - for old times-sake? :)

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warptek2010

Awww, ol'cue ball may actually have a heart there somewhere. Now, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. That's an expensive door.

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Upyourbucket

I think the other 87,000 employees could have cared less.

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JosephColt

Good riddance.

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PhaQue

ditto

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legionera

Thank you Ballmer for your excellent work! One of the most amazing guys in the world!

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maxeeemum

BAAAAAAAAAA..... BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE_U-ZHr0_Q

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legionera

@ maxeeemum
Something's wrong with your keyboard? Some keys got stuck... eh?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Put some ice on those knees.

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legionera

@ RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Sorry, I'm out of ice and can't help you with your knees, because you used it all up to cool down your anus after that apple orgy you had during the 5S/C announcements. Someone would suspect that you apple fanboys support each other... but never in that way.

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davelray

@legionera: Speaking of the 5S/C, I happened to be in the mall the morning of it's release. Had to get some ghost armor for the new Nexus 7 I just bought my son so he'd leave mine alone. I asked what the half dozen people were doing standing in line in front of the apple store. The last time they released a new phone there were about a hundred or so people at least waiting all morning. This time, less than ten. Guess that new gold iPhone wasn't enough to bring in the masses this time.

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Jaeger_CDN

well according to that photo he can go be an oompa loompa after retirement.

I'm only crossing my fingers that the M$ board comes to their senses and brings someone in with an actual tech background to right this sinking ship

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FatOldGuy

I don't care if he goes loud or quietly as long as he goes.

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Damnlogin

Awwww. Now GTFO!