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Satya Nadella talks about cricket, Microsoft Band and Windows Phone in latest interview

On the occasion of his first-year anniversary as the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella sat down with ABC News to talk about a wide range of subjects, including his passion for cricket, Microsoft's work in the wearable segment, and of course Windows Phone.

A few highlights from the interview:

  • Nadella wakes up at 7AM.each morning.
  • He likes to cook, with his favorite dish being Hyderabadi Biryani, a rice-based dish unique to the region rich with flavor and spice (as a fellow Hyderabadi, I concur. Biryani is incredible).
  • When asked about naming an individual he would like to spend time with, Nadella mentioned Don Bradman, an Australian cricketing legend.
  • Nadella thinks that fountain pens won't stick around for another ten years.
  • Microsoft isn't throwing in the towel with Windows Phone.

He also shared details about his upbringing, including his move to the U.S. way back in 1988. The two videos are well worth checking out, especially if you're a fan of Microsoft's current CEO. Do note that ABC uses its own platform for media playback. Sorry, no YouTube here.

Source: ABC News

241 Comments
  • good to hear that he also likes Hyderabad Biryani like me
  • +me..
  • +Biryani
  • Ye to apna bhai hae!!
  • That CEO is not your brother... :P
  • Haha xD
  • I like Biryani too. For lunch
  • Not Indian, but I love biriyani :D
  • Iam indian but I don't like biriyani lol
  • Hahaha Me 2 :p
  • +me
  • +Shan is a good spice mix.
  • Me 2
  • Man, you guys made me want to try it out. Where can I find some?
  • +mee
  • +1000 biryani is awesome! I don't know about the Hyderabadi taste in it! But still!
  • I've never had it, but I've never encountered indian food I didn't like...  Now I gotta find some.
  • Hyderabadi biryani is the true bliss of Indian cuisine and I'm proud to be a hyderabadi
  • I'm an American and I've never tried Indian dishes before. Forgive my ignorance, but could you describe hyderabadi biryani to someone who's curious about Indian style food?
  • Google much?
  • Bing you mean :p
  • Why can't you just answer without being a total you-know-what
  • Asshole? Dick head? Jerk? This is WCentral after all. Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • """BING""" eats the overrated Google search for lunch. so go ahead and """""BING IT""", AND earn Bing Rewards Points for FREE, while you are searching, which you can redeem for LOTS and LOTS of cool stuff. Sorry Google does NOT have that:-(, and its only 75% accurate , compare to Bing's 99% accuracy BTW, MANY of the features you see on Google, BING already had it 1st.
  • Rice with chicken and spices
  • @someone2639: Thank you.
  • Yeah but that description doesn't do justice to the dish. It's more than just rice and chicken. You have to try it. Start with simple chicken Biryani. Hyderabadi version is a bit spicier (as in spices, not heat level).
  • @sholokov: The hotter, the better!
  • I'm Canadian and first tried Indian cuisine in the '90s, and have been a big fan ever since. The idea of having never tried it... *shudder*
  • Its chicken and Basmati Rice, with lots of spices. it takes all day to cook it. its delicious. you have to try it. Also, to see what its look like. just search """BING""" and click on the "Images", and take a look at the photos. YUUMM YUUMM :-) Chicken cooked in spices for hours at slow heat for super tenderness, that creates juice that's delicious. you really have to try it once at a very good Indian restaurant (you want fresh made daily restaurants, not kept frozen and reheated to order).
  • here an articale that explains it way better than i ever could. So What is Biryani ? I shared a Chicken Biryani Recipe lately and then figured that most of the people in western  part of the globe don't even know what is Biryani. So here is a brief introduction about Biryani. Biryani is originally a Indian (Hyderabadi) dish primarily consisting of Rice.This rice based food is made with spices and meat, fish eggs or vegetables. "Biryani" the name is actually derived from a ""Persian"" word Berya meaning fried or roasted. It is a very popular dish in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran... and most other Asian countries. A very good Biryani Recipe needs a lot of ingredients to cook and maybe a little hard and time consuming to cook. But the bright side is it can be cooked even very easily.. will not taste the same but is still a happy treat. There are a lots of Biryani types like Chicken Biryani, Hyderabadi Biryani, Iraqi Biryani, Iranian Biryani , Mushroom Biryani, even Thai Biryani... and a lot more. Here is how Biryani looks like! :)
     
  • I love hyderabadi biryani.... what you get here is just rice and chicken...in fact its more than that...amazing blend of taste and aroma and the way it cooked... you must go to Hyderabad for real taste...
  • He likes cricket. But no proper cricket game for WP -_-
  • :(
  • So much this. Why isn't Stick Cricket on Windows Phone yet?
  • Yeah!!!
  • +1000 for stick cricket
    I have been constantly asking them on facebook page but till now no update! They seem to give priority to iphone as usual :(
  • Just send a question to Joe Belfiore, you'll hear... crickets
  • Try to play cricket in ground!! :-) No use of playing in phone!! If u r playing it in ground, try to play some other games in phone which u cant play in ground!! ha ha :))
  • this ^
  • Asphalt 8 probably!
  • Exactly !
  • True, by Don Bradman 2014 Cricket game launches Feb 15th on the Xbox One & PS4. Good Times....
  • Good to know he sleeps in til 7
  • He indirectly telling the truth that , "in order to show one's potentiality,no need to make calculated timetable"(restricted time table).brilliant people doesn't need to follow time. So he can had his own sleep time.
  • 7 is considered "sleeping in"?! O_o
  • To a lot of us, yes. Normally up around 4:45 here. Posted via my HTC One (M7)
  • I'm rarely up before 8 to start work at 9 haha :P
  • Yep, for me anyways. I'm already hard at work at 7:00.
  • For CEOs, yes. Kevin O'Leary gets up at 5am or earlier every day, for example.
  • As a lifelong night-owl I find it weird that people would want to get up that early! :P
  • What does mean "sorry no YouTube here" ABC news doesn't upload videos to YT..!
  • That's exactly what it means.
  • https://www.youtube.com/user/ABCNews
  • "Microsoft isn't throwing in the towel with Windows Phone"
    What can I make of this statement?
  • Microsoft is working hard on windows phone!!
  • That there will be WPs in the future :)
  • Shocker lol wasn't he against the acquisition of Nokia's Devices. Hope he doesn't change his mind.
  • MS won't let WP users down, I suppose.
  • Any more than they already have, at least. I hope.
  • Hell yah ♡.♡
  • There will be even more low end Windows phones. And Android and IOS will come first. :/ sorry I'm just really disappointed in the past year.
  • I don't think we will be disappointed when those low end save the platform. As much as I want a flagship, I would rather have the platform live on to be able to bring us a flagship.
  • They need highend and advertise them like they are doing with Surface line. It will bring people to low end too. They need to make the Lumia name a bigger brand than it is now.
  • ....Yet.
  • Hyderabadi Biryanii
  • Indian rock everywhere
  • Yup!
  • instead of Star as the main sponser would love Microsoft to be the main sponsor of indian cricket team.
  • Nice idea ! I too love to see it, but some where in my heart Sahara will be the most missed ....
  • Yes
  • They rock? With dress pants, tucked in shirt, man bag, oiled/combed hair.... in a concert!
  • Hyderabadi biryani is brilliant..i absolutely relish it
  • +biryani
  • He's wrong, fountain pens will never disappear...
  • I hope not. I think they've done all the disappearing they were going to do already. Now those who know what a nice pen is still use them, and everyone else has moved on to other kinds of pen.
  • I have wanted to use fountain pens for a long time. I'll try one, then see how long that time will be
  • Go for it. It's like vinyl records, for the past 30 years people kept saying vinyl will disappear. Well last year was the best year for vinyl records, over 8 million were sold in US alone. I still have all my beloved vinyls and a very high-end turntable to play them on as well.
  • Just bought two last week. Very hard to find these days, especially the ones that you fill ink in. I'm not talking about the ones with ink cartridges.
  • Hard to find? Just go to the markets in China, there were hundreds of fountain pens there that cost just as much as regular pens. Fountain pens are much nicer to write with IMO. Also you can buy the cartridges that allow you to top up from an ink well separately, I bought one with my Lamy pen so I could use my Parker ink
  • I love my fountain pen, but I'm not sure if its because it writes well or because it makes me look "sophisticated". That, and watching people borrow it then struggle
  • All I cared about was WP not being quit on.
  • He's my fav now ! ProudToBeIndian
  • if India alone, support Windows Phns and they get rid of their iJUNK and Android phns, windows phns will be back on top of the list. just think ""1 billion+"" Indians go with Windows phns.................OMGosh.  If Indians love him and truly support him, they will switch to an AWESOME windows phns then, and truly show their support, not just saying it. So pass on the words to friends and family in India. India can change and help Windows phn's future very easily.
  • From the posts here, I feel like I need to find a place that has Biryani and give it a try.
  • U r from?
  • I'm in the US.
    Looking on Yelp there's a place with good ratings I'll stop at one of these weekends: http://hyderabadibiryanicornerva.com/ There's another closer to my office that has biryani, just not labeled as Hyderabadi. I'll give that one a try too:
    http://naan-and-beyond.com/lp-menu.php
  • There's a huge difference between a good biryani and a bad biryani or poorly prepared biryani. If you had good biryani you'll love it for the rest of your life and vice versa. Just make sure you're getting a good biryani.
  • There is a biriyani and there is The Hydrabadi biriyani, give me your address and I will parcel some for you :)
  • -________________-
  • I love Hyderabad biryani ...especially from PARADISE restaurant here in Secunderabad,Hyd :)
  • Me and my bro also love Bawarchi and Paradise
  • Same, I love paradise biryani ^_^
  • Yeah I had the privilege to taste their special biryani when I was on a business trip last year. I still cherish those moments.
  • Great guy. Absolutely Indian by heart.
  • I love Birysni
  • Biryani*
  • Go to any Hi-Fi Indian restaurant in your city in KSA, and order that Hyderabadi Biryani, and you will love it more and more :D
  • We cook Biryani not Hyderabadi Biryani, I don't know the difference between them.
  • Actually, the fancier hotels don't get it right. I had some at The Oberoi once, and it was very bland. Smaller hotels like Bawarchi and Cafe Bahar are way better.
  • +1
    The so called Hi Fi restaurant may or may not get it right. Some restaurants are owned by chefs. Those have a chance. Some are fancy restaurants with chefs hired after the restaurant gets built. Stay away from those.
  • So, where are these restaurants bhai? Which city?
  • WOW he gets 8 hours of sleep....I never expected this...
    Proud hyderabadi !
    Thanks for the article Harish.
  • All bald people are rich.
  • O.O
  • Is Bill Gates bald? He is the richest man in world.
    Is Mark Zuckersberg(what's his last name) bald? He is the youngest billionaire.
  • The 1st post says that all bald people are rich. Not all rich people are bald.
  • then I should shave my head asap.
  • Neither statements are even slightly true
  • Everyone is bald under their hair... :P
  • I am? WOOHOO!
  • Bald or rich :D :P
  • Rich. I knew I was bald - saw it in the mirror this morning. But did not notice my fat wallet before Mr. Kumar pointed it out. :D
  • Good luck buddy
  • I'd go for Bombay Biryani. Not the one that people make in Bombay, the one Pakistani makes but calls it Bombay Biryani :)
  • I advice you to try Hyderabadi Biryani in an Indian restaurant
    Not in pakistani restaurant
  • I advice you both to just eat biryani and enjoy it.
  • Yes, you are right.
    Sorry for my racist comment
  • It's ok. You weren't being racist. You were just voicing your opinion.
  • There is no Indian restaurant in Pakistan..
  • Ohh, sorry.
    I thought you are living in Saudi Arabia, by your name.
    Sorry again bhai
  • I have a south Indian friend who actually likes the Pakistani version of Biryanis. He says that Pakistanis user Sella Rice. While Indian restaurants use plain Basmati or other regular rice. Also, Indian version is oilier and has more spices than Pakistani version, which is fluffier in hand and less spicy. Yeah, like any south Indian, he doesn't use utensils.
  • Biriyani.yummy... Being an Indian not mentioning god of cricket sachin :bad:
  • I don't like cricket, oh no...
  • ...I love it.
  • You just saved yourself from awful lot of trouble!
  • haha now I have that stong stuck in my head! :)
  • +Biriyani + Chilli Paneer + Lassi.. :P
  • You guys have not tried Kachi Biryani from East Africa. Your Hyderbadi biryani is only a Technical Preview stuck on v1.0 for the last 300 years!
  • Lol
  • hahaha.. damn.
  • LOL
  • Is there a difference between biryani and breyani?
  • There isn't such thing as breyani...
  • Spelling
  • hahah yeah. The south africans call it Breyani. It's the same thing. It's not meant to written in English anyway :P   South African breyani is unique on its own, but Hyderabadi Biryani is like having a slice of New York pizza vs. Cali Pizza
  • Dumbass ;-):D
  • Yes.. Biryani is normally served hot and Brrreyani is very cold.
  • Winner
  • Yay great he's just like the masses and enjoys no tech sports. Thanks.... F1 and MotoGP too much technology and guts for Satya.
  • The boss of Microsoft loves cricket who would have thought it? :-) Great game... Not sure about the grub though fish and chip man myself... ;-)
  • Let's hope windows 10 closes the app gap especially in terms of games ala Clash of Clans ..which ..of course is extremely important for so many people here in my place ..
  • Punjabi Burrrrraaaaaa :)
  • Hehe
  • Sadza nenyama yehuku..
  • Chokwadi!
  • kaancha cheena
  • "Will we ever see a Microsoft Watch?" Stupid question!!!
  • Will we ever see a proper Flagship???
  • Microsoft will be showing it in near future but with win 10 and snapdragon 810!!
  • I love biryani and cricket. Totally indian :p
  • yep...
  • Cricket the sport that Indians ❤ because they want to be white like their British masters.
    So rare to find an Indian that appreciates a sport that involves more than just standing around
  • Clearly written by a fool who doesn't know a great sport when he sees it.
    If your username correlates to your age (born in '77), you should know better. Go read some books, and stop being a dick.
  • Aah i see a mindless fool that cant appreciate anything better than his colonial masters showed him. Rock on with your low iQ. 77 is my racing number.
  • I love football!
  • Aaah...I see you changed your original comment! You probably shouldn't post comments if you aren't then man enough to stick by what you said.
  • Hey never want be like the whites!
  • You're as bad as the original poster by suggesting there is something inherently wrong with being white...
    The colour of our skin is simply an evolutionary trait of where our forefathers evolved. It has no bearing on the content of ones character.
  • This^^^
  • Sorry if I sounded racist! But what I meant was I don't want to be like others! I love being an Indian!! No offence!!
  • I never meant being a white is bad! I love England, America and other nations, just like India! If given a chance I would love to live in England! And I'm not a racist! I belive all humans are made equal, and never judge someone by yher cover( colour or beauty)!
  • Lol - you were obviously at the end of the line when brains were handed out...
  • Yeah I follow motorsports which involve high technology and u like playing with a bit of wood and leather. Yeha last in line
  • I live in Sussex, England. I am white...
    Unlike you though, I don't define people by the colour of their skin. You should try it sometime; it'll make you a less insular and more positive human being.
  • Nah - we need idiots like him... it makes us normal people look rather good ;-)
  • Haha...true.
    Nevertheless, I hope that guy gets banned. Let him go and muddy the waters on Youtube. There's no space for pricks like him on this forum.
  • Lol touched a nerve with the lame sport lover. Ditch cricket and move into the modern world. McLaren FTW
  • I suggest you watch Django Unchained. Try to be the King Schulz of this world rather than the Monsieur Candie...
    History will be on your side if you choose to see people for the content of their character rather than the colour of their skin.
    I shouldn't be telling you these values...I guess your parents let you down right there.
  • Yeah I did. Loved it. Shame your low IQ failed again with mindless bs.
  • "Just standing around" Really??? Wonder what baseball is. True american past time. Make a comment that's in line with story & that makes sense.
  • Please slow your racist bs elsewhere
  • Nadella is the man. Ballmer was a complete idiot. Microsoft actually have a future now
  • They're both fools and if u think any different just watch the future of windows phone.
  • We would expect something great by Nokia..Microsoft, they can.
    Sam, why don't you join Microsoft and make windows a better OS.
  • Yes, windows phone will soon be dead, making way for win10. Nothing foolish there
  • Ballmer ran a hell of a business (I like him too). Of course he made missteps, what CEO doesn't. Or at least what good CEO doesn't.
  • Good no YouTube here. Hope MS finds its own app for videos and sharing.
  • Nat a bad idea
  • Had one, nobody used it.
  • Ahem, Silverlight, ahem
  • Love biryani. (mouthwatering)
  • Indian
  • What does he mean, "not throwing in the towel for windows phone" ? Can someone catch me up??
  • 3%
  • The phrase "throwing in the towel" means giving up. So they're not giving up.
  • And there was a point they were giving up? Thought the windows phones are just good competing against Android and Apple products... ? Was I wrong?
  • Android has something like 65-70%% marketshare, ios perhaps 18%, WP around 8-10%. Blackberry are still hanging in at around 1-2%.
  • Damn.
  • Just to add to this, the phrase originates from the sport of boxing, where, when one opponent is getting beat badly that he's getting injured, that boxer's manager literally throws a towel into the boxing ring and the referee immediately ends the match.
  • It's "not giving up on WP"
  • In other words, it isn't as a popular phone and OS as I had believed? I was thinking everyone is digging the phone more than most Apple phones.
  • Maybe its just me then, WP is the best in my opinion. >.
  • People generally love it, but it has a small marketshare. It would be easy for MS to abandon WP, but I doubt they will as it's too important strategically
  • It's not a popular OS at all. Most people avoid it and prefer Android and iOS.
    Some people try it and fall in love with it, but overall the consumers mostly don't care for it.
  • Don't listen to this butthurt Nokia fan boy. He thinks he knows everything. The reason windows phone is not do as good as it should is cuz like djcbs here 95% of people are followers they will only use stuff that there friends use and since WP was late to the game they use ios or android not because there better but because there popular. The masses dont care about quality just that they don't look different then anyone else. Look at all the Chinese made crap people buy from WalMart junk but it sells. If people would try WP they would like it buy as Long as the masses play follow the leader it will be a uphill climb for the worlds most secure dynamic and smooth mobile OS ever to exists. This guy is a android fan boy that alway bashes WP and trolls the WP community trying to convince people that like WP how shitty it is instead of talking to like minded people on the android forums. Why are you so insecure why the hate oh yeah I forgot its cuz Microsoft bought you beloved Nokia devices division. To bad Nokia pimped themselves out don't get mad at Microsoft for that haters going to hate.
  • Im afraid Microsoft buying the brand and everything, Microsoft will injure or weaken or destroy the future success for WP because I still think the partnership they had with Nokia was the best for everyone. I can't see that Microsoft will do the same or any better flagship phones. Nokia should never have even considered to the buyout. Personality that Microsoft put in the Nokia brand smartphone was right on point.
  • But what Nokia did for the OS was best accomplished by Nokia.
  • I was going to read your long comment but I don't waste time on undeveloped primates. Enjoy the 3% and the immense developer support. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Windows 10 will increase marketshare for sure. They become one platform. It's not about Windows phone anymore. It will be about Windows 10 as a platform. Can't wait for the first Microsoft's high end phone. Current highend Nokia phones don't interest me. Microsft has money to actually promote their high end phones. Nokia didn't have any money to promote their phones.
  • good words
  • Egg Prata with dhal. Power!
  • Who likes biriyani with the chicken leg
  • You're comparing food to a body part of an animal which makes no sense. Now if you had said. Biriyani with chicken, that makes sense.
  • Not necessarily true. I like chicken, the dark meat...thighs especially. Not a big fan of chicken breast unless small with crispy skin. Certain parts of animals taste different. Preparation also plays a role.
  • Windows on phones is essential for Microsoft's services to survive. Mobility is the future and Microsoft's services wouldn't survive without having its own platform. Since both google (and at some point) apple might wanna push their own services on their platforms.
  • No way in heaven are you gonna kill of pens for PCs. They are by far the best input methode on a touch screen.
  • Stick cricket replied of my tweet @abhirajsoni that stickcricket will be on windows phone before too long.
  • I love all food from the sub continent !
  • The worst MS ceo talks ... Who cares.
  • You do since you commented. Ba Dum tsshhh.
  • No, that was the car salesman Ballmer
  • Are you insane.. He's done more for the company in one year than anyone has done in decades!
  • Hope he will make Cortana released to all Lumia phones irrigardness of where you're (regions) as long as Cortana is available in the language the user is using. He must do the same way HERE Maps did with their DRIVE+
  • Manolu biryani ante agede ledu ..
    Asali windows phone gurinchi matladakunda biryani gurichi matladuthuru ..
  • He's right about Bradman being a bloody legend!
  • Sorry, Satya, but fountain pens aren't going anywhere. Mainly because they're the best type of pens to learn good cursive but also because they're the best type of pens to write. Windows Phone will be gone before fountain pens...:P
  • +Fountain Pen
  • LOL
  • I love cricket. My favorite sport Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Never believe anything until it's been officially denied.
  • He is also on the cover of wired this month
  • Me too, except I am veg.... Lol
  • No official cricket world cup app. Bunch of jokers
  • I just read all the comments here, and my IQ dropped by a point.  You people gave me a headache.  Thanks a lot.
  • I clicked on this thinking he was talking about cricket as in cricket wireless... Haha
  • Have tried Tamil Nadu Biriyani, Kerala Biriyani, Muslims Biriyani, North Indian Biriyani... yet to try Hydrabadi Biriyani.  Is there any more variety of Biriyanis?
  • "Do note that ABC uses its own platform for media playback. Sorry, no YouTube here." Do note that most of your readers actually hate YouTube so you should not be apologizing.
  • Nice Interview, anybody else notice that they asked about a microsoft watch? 1st issues that they have not heard of the Microsoft band, 2nd is the CEO of microsoft doesnt have one! Overall nice interview disagree about pens not being around in 10 years, the whole old dog new tricks debate, and love that he listens to common to fimiliarize himself with the artist on his superbowl ad.
  • That was the worst interview ever. She had zero understanding of the company, asking if they will make a watch or if he uses Spotify. So stupid, waste of 90 seconds...
  • Just to clarify he's not talking about cricket mobile, he's talking about cricket the sport.
  • I've not watched the video yet, but was there any mention of Microsoft Band global availability?
  • God is that woman a ABC news reporter, she sounds like the common idiot on tmz with stupid questions. I'm disappointed in ABC news cause to not even do research before doing a interview is very lazy and unprofessional. Will Microsoft ever make a watch...that's the question that stupid bitch asked!!!
  • The fact that fountain pens haven't died yet shows they're pretty much here to stay.
  • She asked if we will see a MSFT watch... Do some research! I'm sure she asked because of apples nonexistent watch.
  • Oh yes I had biryani with some chicken tonight. Bravo BOSS. 
  • I hope the guy who decided to use this crappy player instead of putting the video on youtube (or vimeo) gets hemroids.
  • Indian food makes me poop.
  • i love Mr. Nadella. He was a great choice for CEO at MS. However, i am not so happy with him not kicking ass in Windows Phns and not trying hard enough to get it back on top, like i was expected. He needs to grab the bull's horns and kick CrApple's iJUNK and, We spy on you to sell you ads Android, and sell Windows phns to every single Indians in his native country, which is over """1.2+ Billion""" in population. India alone can change the game for Windows Phns. I know India is proud of him, and they should 100% support him as well, by switching to Win Phns. just think """""""""""1.2+ Billion"""""""""" ppl. this would be a game changer.   
  • So What is Biryani ? I shared a Chicken Biryani Recipe lately and then figured that most of the people in western  part of the globe don't even know what is Biryani. So here is a brief introduction about Biryani. Biryani is originally a Indian (Hyderabadi) dish primarily consisting of Rice.This rice based food is made with spices and meat, fish eggs or vegetables. "Biryani" the name is actually derived from a """Persian""" word Berya meaning fried or roasted. It is a very popular dish in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran... and most other Asian countries. A very good Biryani Recipe needs a lot of ingredients to cook and maybe a little hard and time consuming to cook. But the bright side is it can be cooked even very easily.. will not taste the same but is still a happy treat. There are a lots of Biryani types like Chicken Biryani, Hyderabadi Biryani, Iraqi Biryani, Iranian Biryani , Mushroom Biryani, even Thai Biryani... and a lot more. Here is how Biryani looks like! :)
     
  • Wow biryani...!