03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Steve Ballmer To Microsofties: "Full Stream Ahead!"

Message from Microsoft execs to employees: "Yes, we've just kicked off a year-long $45 billion acquisition, and yes, your lives are going to be turned upside down. But don't let that distract you! Full steam ahead!"

And in case you missed that last line, MSFT execs repeated it at least three times during a company "town hall" meeting today. Partial transcript follows:

Ballmer, already sounding hoarse. "Full steam ahead, nothing changes until it changes."

Handing off to MSFT ad/platform boss Kevin Johnson:
A pep talk for the online services team. You're doing a great job!

Many of you may say, what does this Yahoo deal mean to me? What does this mean to brand, what does this mean to the brand, or synergies, or my job?

Let me try to answer some of those questions: "Do we need to change current plans of record? No. Full steam ahead. Go, go, go, go, go! We've to got to stay focused!"

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