Steve Ballmer bids (what else?) a loud, tearful adieu at Microsoft meeting

Steve Ballmer at Windows Phone event

Did you really expect Steve Ballmer to go quietly? The Microsoft CEO who once mock-stomped on an employee’s iPhone and who screamed the  “developers chant” at the top of his lungs for what seemed forever?

Nope. And neither did Microsoft employees. And reports out of the company’s annual employees meeting paint an emotional goodbye. At one point, according to The Verge, Ballmer danced on stage to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and screamed “the sound of Microsoft!” Then, according to the Verge:

an emotional Ballmer paused to “enjoy this for a minute,” with tears visibly streaming down his face. “You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in.”

Last month Ballmer, who has been under pressure from shareholders, said he will cede the Microsoft’s top job “within a year” but smart money is the transition will come much sooner than that. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and former Microsoft biz dev chief Tony Bates are seen as top candidates to succeed him.

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