Steve Ballmer, long-time Microsoft employee and successor to Bill Gates as CEO, announced his retirement on Friday. While Ballmer's legacy at Microsoft will be analyzed and debated for years to come, his legacy as a GIF superstar is unquestionable: The man is single-handedly responsible for some of the best technology GIFs of the past decade.
In honor of Ballmer's years of service supplying us with GIF-worthy moments, we're throwing Steve a retirement party, featuring some of our favorite animated moments from the CEO's tenure. Enjoy, and thank you, Steve, for the ebullient, enthusiastic, sweaty and active memories.
STEVE BALLMER GIF RETIREMENT PARTY: BEGIN
Steve Ballmer, who announced his retirement as Microsoft CEO on Friday, has served in the position for thirteen years. Let's give him a round of applause!
Ballmer took over from Microsoft co-founder and CEO Bill Gates in 2000. Look at them go!
He quickly became known for his fiery persona. This is what his press conferences and events are actually like.