When Steve Ballmer steps down from his role as CEO of Microsoft in 12 short months, the world will lose a little bit of luster.
It’s not that the longtime leader is irreplaceable—Ballmer’s achievements were indeed momentous, but there are already possible successors champing at the bit to take the reins. But without Steve at the top, the constant flow of hilarious Ballmerisms we’ve come to enjoy over the years will no doubt dry up, leaving the technology world a decidedly unfunnier place.
From ridiculous to ridonkulous to utterly insane, here are the best Ballmerisms to come out of Steve’s mouth throughout the years. One thing’s for sure: While laughter may die on our lips with Ballmer’s retirement, PR handlers in Redmond will surely sleep easier at night.
Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. He specializes in graphics cards and gaming, but covers everything from security to Windows tips and all manner of PC hardware.