我现在写的这份邮件想告诉大家，我将在未来 12 个月里从微软 CEO 的位置退休，在此期间，微软将寻找新的 CEO。永远没有完美的时间点来进行这种过渡，但现在是正确的时刻。我最初以为我的退休会发生在微软向设备和服务公司转型的中途，而转型后的微软将为消费者带来价值最大化。但我们现在需要一个新的 CEO 长期专注于这一方向。你们能在微软新闻中心读到关于我退休的新闻稿。
微软是一家神奇的公司，我热爱它。我热爱我们帮助发明并普及运算和 PC 的方式。我热爱我们伟大而勇敢的赌注。我热爱我们的员工和他们的才华，以及我们愿意接受并拥抱他们的各种特点，甚至包括他们的怪癖。我热爱我们拥抱并携手其他公司共同改变世界、最终取得成功的方式。我热爱我们客户呈现的广度和多样性，从消费者到企业用户，横跨各个行业、各个国家以及各种背景各种年龄的人群。
我为我们取得的成就感到自豪。自我加入微软以来，公司从年收入 750 万美元壮大到接近 780 亿美元，同时员工人数从 30 人多一点，增长到近 10 万。我为能参与到这样的成功中而感到十分高兴，并且一直 100% 地全身心投入。我们拥有超过 10 亿用户，同时为股东们获取了大量的利润。我们比历史上几乎任何一家公司都更多地为股东带来实际的财富。
I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.
This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.
I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.
I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft’s largest owners.
This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.
Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let’s do ourselves proud.