Ballmer's retirement brings to mind some memorable moments on stage

The news that Steve Ballmer is retiring as CEO of Microsoft is inspiring all manner of sober assessments of his tenure at the company.

It’s also sparked plenty of speculation about his possible successor. Our favorite rumor of the day, via Twitter:

But it also brings to mind some of those memorable moments of Ballmer doing his best imitation of a hyena on stage, whipping up the Microsoft faithful and showing his love for software developers:

Those moments sparked a flurry of parody videos over the years, including this one:

And some are waxing quite sentimental:

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