Steve Ballmer Composes Optimistic, Enthusiastic Internal Memo

Following Microsoft’s big announcement on Monday that it’s entering the hardware business, Steve Ballmer sent out an internal memo that excites employees about recent achievements: Shipping the Windows 8 Release Preview, announcing SmartGlass, the Bing redesign with additional social features, and of course, announcing the Surface tablets. He also looked to the future and hinted that some “great news” can be expected within the next few weeks from the Windows Phone (he is of course referring to the unveiling of Windows Phone 8 which will happen at today’s Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco) and Office divisions.

Quite a lot of people have wanted Ballmer to step down, citing that he is an unfit CEO who lacks the right vision to lead the company. It’s undeniable that the company has made quite a few big mistakes under his watch, but at the same time, it’s undeniable that as of late, the company has been taking some drastic steps in the right direction, also under his watch.

GeekWire managed to get their hands on the memo, which you can read below:

From: Steve Ballmer
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2012 4:31 PM
To: Microsoft – All Employees (QBDG)
Subject: Big Day, Big Year
I love this company.

I love that we have brilliant engineers with brilliant ideas. I love that we aren’t afraid to make big bold bets. I love that we are persistent – after all it’s our passion and tenacity that bring our dreams to life. And right now, I love how so much of our hard work, passion and tenacity are coming together in the products we are bringing to market.

Today, we made an exciting and significant Windows announcement — we revealed Microsoft Surface — a new family of computing devices from Microsoft. Surface complements the work of our OEMs and fulfills the Windows 8 vision. You can learn more and watch the event video tomorrow on the Microsoft NewsCenter.

This great news comes on the heels of an incredible few months. Just think, we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Skype announcement. We shipped the Windows Release Preview. Dynamics delivered key updates, and continues to crank out double digit growth. We made search more social (and we did it the right way!) with a significant redesign of Bing. We announced that we’re making entertainment more amazing with Xbox on the phone, PC, tablet and TV with the coming releases of Halo 4, Internet Explorer on Xbox and SmartGlass. We shared our vision for a new era of cloud computing with Windows Server 2012 and important advancements to the Windows Azure services. And in the next few weeks we’ll see more great news and momentum from the Windows Phone Division and the Microsoft Office Division.

Our plans are well underway to unleash an incredible pipeline of new devices and services that consumers love and businesses need. Our work is getting noticed and our customers are excited.

We still have a lot of hard work to do. But today, I encourage you to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come over the past few years and how much further we’ll go in the next one.

I’m incredibly proud of the work this company is doing and incredibly optimistic for what’s ahead.


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