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...