It was a Friday full of emotions when Bill Gates delivered his final speech to the Microsoft employees in an auditorium at Microsoft's headquarters campus.
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft 33 years ago, decided to devote his full-time attention to philanthropy. "My life's work really is about software and working with incredible and smart people," Gates said with tears in his eyes.
Bill Gates was overwhelmed by the news that Microsoft's software-development-tools business has passed $1 billion in sales for the year. He said he still remembers the day when he along with Steve Ballmer used to wonder if any software company would be able to achieve such a figure. Microsoft is expected to have total sales of more than $60 billion in the fiscal year that ends Monday.
According to Gates, Microsoft is still way behind from its competitors in Internet search and Advertising, but they are up with new innovative formulas and a dedicated team of smart people so that they can deliver a better product.
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer had once dreamed of a computer on every desk and this dream has led them to worldwide employee strength of 91,192 employees.
"But if anybody's wondering when we're going to have 1,80,000 people, stop wondering," Ballmer said.
Gates felt proud of being able to provide internet accessibility to blind people which is a result of groundbreaking improvements made by Microsoft over the years. In the end Bill Gates said that the most cherished memories that he'll take from his time in Microsoft is the fun he had coming to work every day.