With Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, it's time to bid him a fond farewell -- and the best way to do it is with five of his greatest YouTube hits.
No keyboard on the iPhone? Businesses will hate it!
Ballmer was interviewed about his reaction to the iPhone's debut, and he wasn't exactly a visionary: "Ha, ha, ha! Five hundred dollars! Fully subsidized with a plan? That is the most expensive phone in the world. And it doesn't appeal to business customers because it doesn't have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine." As for how Microsoft's mobile hardware will stack up against it: "I like our strategy. I like it a lot." Watch the whole video -- there's more as well..
This deal for Windows 1.0 is insane!
Here's Steve Ballmer back in 1986, in a Crazy Eddie spoof trying to sell Windows 1.0. You get the MS DOS Executive, a calendar, a note pad, a clock, a control panel, a terminal, and can you believe it, Reversi! That's right, all these features and Reversi!...wait a minute, was it really a spoof?
Crazy dance at Microsoft confab
As Gloria Estefan's "Get On Your Feet" plays, a plump, balding, middle-aged man who appears to be an escapee from an asylum bounds on stage and spends the next minute screaming, stomping, hopping, and contorting in frightening ways he apparently believes is a dance. He finally gets to the microphone, and when he lifts his arms you'll want to look away in order to avoid seeing his sweat-stained armpits. Yes, it's the CEO of one of the world's largest and most influential companies. Something tells me we won't see Satya Nadella doing this any time soon.
Developers, Developers, Developers!
You knew this had to be in here, didn't you? Just soak it in and mourn for what we've lost.
Yes, he is human
It's easy to spoof Ballmer's outrageous behavior (I've done it many times myself,) and so it's easy to forget that he's human. This video of his last speech at Microsoft shows him breaking down multiple times in tears on stage. Yes, he also shouts a lot, and yes, he's also maudlin. But it shows a rare, vulnerable side of him as well.