Except for a disgusting amount of stock, Microsoft is now officially Ballmer-free.

In a public exchange of letters, the former Microsoft CEO announced that he is stepping down from the software company’s board, effective immediately. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for his service to the firm, and for his “support” during his early days as CEO.

The Ballmer era is over.

The shambling bellow-beast™ seems to be saving all his enthusiasm for the Clippers these days:

Ballmer says he's going to devote his time to "the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study." Let's hope that his contributions to the Clippers are less weird than his contributions to Lakeside School, as reported in this jaw-dropping story in the Seattle Times.