Ballmer bids tearful farewell to Microsoft, promises it will ‘deliver the next big thing’

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer bid farewell to employees today at his final company meeting as CEO. After announcing his intentions to retire within the next 12 months, Ballmer’s speech today was clearly an emotional moment for him personally. According to sources familiar with the meeting, Ballmer told employees “we will deliver the next big thing… we will change the world again.” During his hour-long speech, Ballmer discussed the Nokia deal and him passing over the CEO role to a new leader.

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