More than 12,000 Microsoft employees were crowded together to hear a final farewell from the man who lead them to huge successes, like the XBox, and some pretty huge flops. Does anyone remember the Zune?
After 33 years of working at Microsoft, the last 13 of which were spent as CEO, Ballmer held nothing back.
"This is my whole professional world. Microsoft is like a fourth child to me," he weeped, tears streaming down his cheeks. "Children do leave the house. In this case, I guess I'm leaving the house."
Then, Ballmer took a few seconds to clumsily introduce the song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the final scene of the movie Dirty Dancing. The CEO then proceeded to dance wildly and dash around the stage, slapping hands of employees who reached out to touch him. The entire performance was done in true Jay Leno fashion.
Steve Ballmer is known for these types of strange company meetings. Videos of him shouting wildly and working up a massive sweat while he tried to rally his troops have circulated on the Internet for years.
While Friday's speech may have suggested that Ballmer would be leaving the building and heading off into retirement immediately, the reality is that he will remain at the helm of the tech giant until a replacement has been found. That likely means Ballmer has several more months of work ahead of him, and he is certainly hoping that time will include a successful holiday season launch of the new XBox One console.