“Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has always been a speaker and performer like no other,” Nilay Patel reports for The Verge.
“That energy was on full display earlier this week, as Ballmer led his last Microsoft employee meeting as CEO — he’s announced his plan to step down within 12 months, and the search for a new chief executive is currently underway,” Patel reports. “And while earlier reports hinted at the intensity of Ballmer’s feelings during his speech, The Verge has obtained exclusive video of Ballmer’s final moments on stage.”
Patel reports, “[It is] vintage, perfect Steve Ballmer: intense, emotional, and set to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. The tech industry will never again have anyone like him.”
Direct link to video here.
MacDailyNews Take: What are the silly, pink slip-bound Microsoft employees applauding Ballmer for, depth of failure?
Steve Jobs steamrolled the guy unmercifully. Then he backed up and did it again. And again. And again. Tim Cook is still doing it.
Hey, Ballmer, you took a frightfully dominant company that could have, should have, absolutely owned mobile personal computing, but instead – even with all of the tools and myriad advantages at your disposal – you totally blew it, buried under and blinded by your own hubris as you were and still are. Great job! Bravo! Standing O!
You couldn’t cut through the delusion in that room with a chainsaw. Watching this video is like watching a SNL parody. It’s amazing that it’s real, which makes it sickening and appalling.
Buh-bye, big dumb monkey. We’re gonna miss ya, ya big lug. You made it sooo damn easy.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]