Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella answers some video questions from developers at BUILD

Microsoft ended its BUILD 2014 keynote address today with an appearance by its recently appointed CEO Satya Nadella. In an unusual move, Nadella took some time during his part of the keynote to answer questions from third party developers.

One of them came from an Android developer who simply asked why he should consider developing for Windows. Nadella responded by saying, "You want to build for Windows because we are going to innovate with a challenger mindset." He said that the company is going to create a broad platform that will be attractive to developers and that Microsoft will be doing that themselves with things like the upcoming touch-based Office for Windows.

Another developer wanted to know if apps made with Microsoft tools can be used on other platforms. Nadella said that it will be a priority for Microsoft to give developers a chance to not waste a ton of time or work porting apps to other platforms. That may be one of the reasons why Microsoft is now offering WinJS as an open source project.

Yet another question asked how Microsoft will compete in the tablet space with Apple's iPad and the many Android devices. Nadella said that tablets have to have four things to be successful; the best hardware, the best software, the best apps and solid price point. The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will be a big step towards making tablets like Microsoft's Surface more competitive. He also said that Microsoft will also continue to innovate for future Surface products.

Nadella also said that Microsoft is working on making its APIs more consistent across platforms, and that it will be a big focus to improve that situation in the future. 

The final question came from Microsoft's new digital assistant Cortana, who asked Nadella if he wanted to be Master Chief Executive Officer. Nadella said that he should be asked that question again in 500 years, at which point Cortana said she would remind him on April 2nd, 2514.

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Nadella is a developer's friend at the helm of the world largest software company who transitions to be equally good at services, devices and hosting. His 1st important appointee to run the cloud services and tools division is Scott Guthrie, the company's most admired developer. I think as a developer I couldn't ask for a better partner in the business. Things looking good!!!.. PS He looks more like Microsoft BOB :D

Nadella also said that Microsoft is working on making its APIs more consistent across platforms, and that it will be a big focus to improve that situation in the future.

I like the sound of this. It'll help boost the amount of Windows Phone apps too. It's work that should've begun two years ago in tandem with the release of Windows 8.0 but hey, at least Nadella sees the need and that's the most I guess we can ask for at this point.

Love Nutella! :D He answered them really well, while at the same time not bashing the competitors.

I wish he was my friend.

j2006 said,
Love Nutella! :D
A friend and I were calling him the same thing in a public gathering before someone embarrassed the heck out of us and told us to stop being racist <beep>s. Never meant it in that way and even had a bit of a showdown, but yeah, probably best not to say it again so as not to invite unnecessary trouble. Just letting ya know 'cos some people get mighty prickly and sensitive or PC sometimes.

" The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will be a big step towards making tablets like Microsoft's Surface more competitive." Come again? I really missing what this update brings to the table for touch based devices they seem to have spent their time appeasing desktop/laptop users. Shutdown button, I only ever restart my Surface when I get an update message saying "you need to restart" and I just hit OK. Minimise apps, you'll need really small fingers for that to work!

They talked about bringing Windows down to 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage so maybe there is a lot of under the hood improvements for performance. As well as making Windows free for devices under 9 inches. I agree not much else in the software but still overall making it more competitive.

BannanaNinja said,
They talked about bringing Windows down to 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage so maybe there is a lot of under the hood improvements for performance. As well as making Windows free for devices under 9 inches. I agree not much else in the software but still overall making it more competitive.

In other segments they talked about performance improvements.

They specifically talked about how the shared code base is helping all versions of Windows. In optimizing for WP8.1, the improvements help Windows 8.1 Update 1 and will also improve performance on the XB1.

Side Note: They also talked about ongoing optimizations Cutler is making to the XB1 HyperV core for more performance.

Is it me, or does that pic make Nadella look like he needs to eat a sandwhich?

Anyway, not sure how I feel about his "challenger mindset" when replying to the question on why devs should dev for WP. Would think he would of came up with something more inspiring or convincing than that. But he is new.

techbeck said,
Is it me, or does that pic make Nadella look like he needs to eat a sandwich?

He looks like a perfectly healthy and well-fed human being to me...

techbeck said,
Is it me, or does that pic make Nadella look like he needs to eat a sandwhich?

Yeah his head usually looks to big for his body, If he had hair his head would be HUGE!

trip21 said,

Yeah his head usually looks to big for his body, If he had hair his head would be HUGE!

So your saying he looks like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. You said it, I didn't.

BTW, you have to watch the video but these were pre-recorded. so in a way, just PR. but it is nice they asking getting the tough questions even in a prepared staged form. shows the guy knows these questions are real, and his answers are off course PR, but they strike the right notes. Ballmer would have touted 1.5 billion old pcs out there, and their business dominance. Satya just said: we'll rock, you'll see.

I like this guy. I like it. He knows he is an underdog and he lacks the freaking hubris of ballmer. maybe there is hope.

neonspark said,
BTW, you have to watch the video but these were pre-recorded. so in a way, just PR. but it is nice they asking getting the tough questions even in a prepared staged form. shows the guy knows these questions are real, and his answers are off course PR, but they strike the right notes. Ballmer would have touted 1.5 billion old pcs out there, and their business dominance. Satya just said: we'll rock, you'll see.

I like this guy. I like it. He knows he is an underdog and he lacks the freaking hubris of ballmer. maybe there is hope.


Umm.. obviously they are pre-recorded. It would be a mess if it were live, and it would be too time-consuming. Nonetheless, they are real questions from real people and he answered each of them wonderfully.

Didn't like this dude before. However, after some of the news today, he should have replaced Balmer back in October 2012. Keep up the good work sir!

I like a lot Nadella than Steve Ballmer. Nadella came from hand on experience in development while Ballmer is just a business man. Ballmer does not know what developers wants while Nadella know from experience what developers feel and wants to go.

macoman said,
I like a lot Nadella than Steve Ballmer. Nadella came from hand on experience in development while Ballmer is just a business man. Ballmer does not know what developers wants while Nadella know from experience what developers feel and wants to go.

Agree. Bill and Satya know the ins and outs, so they know what their doing. But I don't hate on Ballmer, he did some excellent things for the company too. He just let things slip.