Today, Steve Ballmer announced that he is stepping down from his position as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months. Whether you like him or not, Ballmer will probably be most remembered for his obvious enjoyment of his job. Here's an update to our Jan. 2011 gallery that shows off some of Ballmer's most memorable moments.
January 13, 2000, Bill Gates shocked the world by stepping down and appointing his long-term partner Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. At the time most everyone couldn't imagine Microsoft without Gates but 13 years after - Ballmer was firmly in charge.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Steve will best be known, publicly anyway, for his wide range of facial expressions and gyrations. When thinking about Steve Ballmer one of the first things that comes to mind is a video of his "monkey boy" performance to rev up the legions at Microsoft. In March 2008 he was asked to reprise his role - and did, photos, video.
On June 17 2012 Ballmer said that he was taking Microsoft on a new quest, this time as a maker of tablets. Tablets have long been a fixation to Microsoft with Bill Gates showing one off and touting their future as early as 2000 at Comdex. Despite a slow start Microsoft is banking on Surface's signature keyboard, Windows 8 and upgraded hardware to make it competitive with iPads and Android tablets.
Steve has kept Microsoft's cash cow, Microsoft Office, on solid ground despite recent competition from Google. Here he is introducing Office 2013 The company also launched Office 365 under his leadership.
Steve Ballmer puts on his business face and uniform - and makes the trek to Wall Street to provide analysts with an annual “Strategic Update” overview. There he covers the areas where Microsoft plans to invest and why. Here are his seven big bets for 2009.
Steve Ballmer tries to hypnotize this Nasdaq audience about the business availability of Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 at a press conference on November 30, 2006.
Ballmer at the launch of Microsoft's first tablet, the Windows 8 Surface.
Ballmer never appeared to be completely in charge of Microsoft until 2008 when Bill Gates retired. Here's a look at what we thought of the first year of changes at Microsoft. You can tell by the body language who's in charge.
Microsoft's most successful hardware device has been the Xbox 360. Here, Ballmer and Bill Gates duke it out on a huge screen.
The "usual suspects" at Microsoft in 2008. From left, Bill what's-his-name, Craig Mundie, Ray Ozzie, and Steve.
Let's hear it for Apple. In 2007 Steve was telling everyone that the iPhone was too expensive and never would make it in the enterprise.
High 5 at WPC in July 2010.
Ballmer struggles under the weight of Guy Kawasaki's MacBook Air at Mix in March 2008.
Ballmer dazzled CES 2010 with his red sweater.
Here Ballmer is trying to levitate his latest product.