The day June 27, 2008 made a mark into the history, because Bill Gates, retires from his full time job at Microsoft, a company that he co-founded together with Paul Allen in 1975. The ceremony took place in one of the cafeterias on the Redmond campus Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer along with approximately 1,000 Microsoft employees gathered in the morning to say farewell to Gates. Bill Gates, now 52 years old and committed to focusing almost exclusively on philanthropic work via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The official website of the company was redesigned to mark the end of Gates' two year long transition out of Microsoft. Just under the slogan “your potential, our passion.” Bill Gates is “looking back, moving ahead” on Microsoft.com.
“I wanted to share some of my thoughts and reflections as we go through today,” said S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division on June 27.
“Today hurts deep”. I wasn't fortunate enough to attend the Bill Gates town hall in person today, revealed Mohammed Jeelani, Development Lead, Microsoft.
“Thank you Bill, for bring us this fantastic digital world, and let us know the magic of software!,” Rex Tang from Microsoft Consulting Services Japan.
“Seeing the farewell to Bill Gates… Yes, I work for Microsoft and I am proud of it. To be very honest he was one of the reasons I joined this company. The people working here are my personal reason to stay… Microsoft – Change the world or go home!!! We just started,” said Frank Fischer, Manager for Technical Evangelism at Microsoft Germany.
“Good luck Bill!” All happiness & success to you in this next stage of your life - working on the foundation to solve even bigger problems is a great way to spend the next phase of your life, said Microsoft's Ivan Joseph.
“Bill is an icon of software and IT technology that has changed the world for better forever,” said Zhiming Xue “Z”, a Microsoft Architect Evangelist based in the Mid Atlantic area.