Today was Bill Gates' official last day at Microsoft. Apparently, the event was open only to employees, and there were some tears experienced by Bill himself and by CEO Ballmer. Ballmer praised Gates with things like, "there's no way to say thanks to Bill. Bill's the founder. Bill's the leader, this is Bill's baby."
I also enjoyed this snippet from Engadget: "Ballmer also talked about how he had contemplated leaving Microsoft just a month after joining the company, only to have Gates persuade him to stay by saying 'You don't get it. You don't get it. We are going to put a computer on every desk and in every home.' Say what you will about some of his predictions, but he was sure on the mark with that one."
Here's the video from CES 2008 showing what Bill Gates' last day (today) was gonna be like:
And, finally, here's a link to the original Reuters article.
Well, so long, Billy boy. I don't know what Microsoft'll do without you, but I guess this is how its gotta be. So long. Have a good retirement!