Gates' tearful good-bye

June 27, 2008, 9:07 AM PST | Length: 104


Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says farewell to company employees at a town hall meeting Friday in Redmond, Wash. Gates is stepping down from full-time work to focus on his philanthropic efforts.

13 comments
techrepublic
techrepublic

It does kind of bother me to see Ballmer wax nostalgic about how he got to work with the best and brightest. Microsoft is neither the best nor the brightest at anything. In fairness to him, they are the biggest, and the two are often confused.

dsimp
dsimp

In the clip, I didn't see Bill cry. But you could expect similar feelings on your 'last day' after so many years. I expect over the years there were a few tears shed by some in the companies he bought & put out of business too, or continued developing for micro$oft. Ballmer - well I reckon he is an enigma possibly known only to himself. No credibility at all. It's part of life, time stops for no-one.

narayana_murthy
narayana_murthy

You are a legend for this century Bill. We'll remember you.

thomas.kopp
thomas.kopp

It brought tears to my eyes. What a man!

Tig2
Tig2

But I can understand the emotion. Bill Gates' departure from the day to day running of Microsoft is the biggest and most significant culture change the company has faced. I could see me getting teary in the same situation. Unfortunately, Ballmer always looks to me like a semi-madman. Or seriously insincere. He's a couch jumper. That doesn't scream real emotion to me.

lmenningen
lmenningen

And showing their humaness makes them greater still!

yobtaf
yobtaf

Give me a break.

yobtaf
yobtaf

I agree. Of course he's crying, who else would have hired him. I'll bet he cried even more when Yahoo turned down his buy out offer. He's such a sensitive human being, a real mensch.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...just like the country, without the runs" Ballmer has always seemed like a fancied up used car salesman to me. Emotional display is very understandable.

ProfTech
ProfTech

When I was a kid, my father hid his tears. Years later, he taught me a valuable lesson when he confessed that it is OK for men to cry. It is time for men to get off that macho horse. Breaking long time relationships do hurt emotionally. If you can't cut loose a few tears, then holding it in will produce an explosive time bomb. I would rather leak the hurt with a few tears.

Tig2
Tig2

Who else could I be referring to? :D

clif
clif

Bills early retirement is either proof that the Open Source movement has defeated him or that he has won and ready to enjoy the fruits of his labor ... you decide. I personally think he was in it for the business and got everything he wanted. As for technological legacy, he may have done more damage than good.