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In his own words: Best quotes of Steve Ballmer

Martyn Williams | Aug. 20, 2014
As he steps down from Microsoft's board, here's a look back at some of his most memorable quotes.

On Microsoft

"The one thing that I think separates Microsoft from a lot of other people is we make bold bets. We're persistent about them, but we make them. A lot of people won't make a bold bet. A bold bet doesn't assure you of winning, but if you make no bold bets you can't continue to succeed. Our industry doesn't allow you to rest on your laurels forever," -- speaking on stage at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in 2012.

"The truth of the matter is it's hard to invent anything. It's hard to invent a new thing, and it's just as hard to invent another new thing. I think we've been pretty successful, but it's hard. It is hard. I think we've done a pretty good job of it. We not only did Windows, we did Office," speaking at the same conference on driving innovation at Microsoft.

"I bleed Microsoft -- have for 34 years and I always will," -- in his letter to employees on Tuesday announcing he is stepping down from the company's board.

And the dancing...

But of all the Ballmer quotes that are remembered, there's surely one that tops them all ... thanks in part to YouTube remixes.

"Developers, developers, developers, developers."

And while we're on the subject of him on stage, who can forget him dancing on stage to Gloria Estefan's "Get On Your Feet."

 

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