SHORT TIMER Steve Ballmer has sent his last letter to shareholders as Microsoft CEO and told them he is confident about the firm's success going forwards.
Ballmer said that he is optimistic about the future, adding that Microsoft is just beginning a period of transformation.
"This is a unique letter for me - the last shareholder letter I will write as the CEO of the company I love. We have always believed that technology will unleash human potential and that is why I have come to work every day with a heart full of passion for more than 30 years," he said.
"Last year in my letter to you I declared a fundamental shift in our business to a devices and services company. This transformation impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses."
Ballmer reminded shareholders of past successes and extolled future possibilities, and pointed out to them that revenues have grown, along with shareholder returns.
"We are still in the early days of our transformation, yet we made strong progress in the past year launching devices and services that people love and businesses need. We brought Windows 8 to the world; we brought consistent user experiences to PCs, tablets, phones and Xbox; and we made important advancements to Windows Server, Windows Azure, Microsoft Dynamics and Office 365," he said.
"We are proud of what we accomplished this year and continue to be passionate about delivering better devices and services more quickly."
It is all change at the Redmond firm now though, and Ballmer described recent moves at the firm as "bold". These include the purchase of Finnish mobile firm Nokia's devices business, and the hunt for a new CEO.
Ballmer said shared goals at Microsoft make him optimistic, and that things like Windows 8.1 machines, Surface tablets and the Xbox One games console will make a significant impact.
"With the decisions we've made this year, the strategy we've put in place, the organization we've designed, the world-class talent we have, and the devices and services we are creating, we are well-positioned to deliver growth and world-changing technology long into the future," he added.
"We have seen incredible results in the past decade - delivering more than $200 billion in operating profit. I'm optimistic not only as the CEO but as an investor who treasures his Microsoft stock. Working at Microsoft has been a thrilling experience - we've changed the world and delivered record-setting success - and I know our best days are still ahead." µ
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