Outside of Microsoft’s corporate conference center, employees are lined up to see their leader say goodbye. Only 832 will be inside to watch the send-off conversation between Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Thousands of employees entered a lottery for tickets to be here.
The music is playing. The iconic images are flashing up on a screen. Ballmer is milling about, greeting employees and top company execs.
Here’s our coverage of Gates’ transition to full-time work at the Foundation, which will continue over the weekend.