Soon-to-depart Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer held his final company meeting today, in what reports describe as a clearly emotional moment for the executive. And much like a college sophomore who knows that the right playlist is crucial to any event, Ballmer came prepared.
Ballmer is well-known for his on-stage enthusiasm (5.5 million views of him amping up the crowd to Gloria Estefan's "Get On Your Feet" can't be wrong).
Ballmer is dressed in Bing yellow for his final company meeting speech pic.twitter.com/GaBNnKbxrf— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 26, 2013
At one point during the meeting, Ballmer chose to play the song he used back at his first company meeting in 1983: Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". He then proceeded to jump and dance around the stage screaming at the top of his voice "the sound of Microsoft!" After the song ended, an emotional Ballmer paused to "enjoy this for a minute," with tears visibly streaming down his face. "You work for the greatest company in the world, soak it in."
Corporations may or may not be people, but Steve Ballmer is clearly people.
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