Microsoft CEO Steve on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif.
Microsoft CEO Steve on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif. - 
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This final note today, in which we mark the departure of Steve Ballmer from Microsoft.

He's known for his intensity, shall we say. His enthusiasm for the cause. He likes to rally the troops:

But you know, a CEO's gotta do what a CEO's gotta do to get his team excited, right?

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