8 Interesting Moments From Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's Code Conference Talk


Nadella Hits The Stage

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is a polished public speaker. He's got talking points that are by now comfortably worn, and he doesn't tend to stray far from them. On Wednesday, however, Nadella sat down with legendary tech reporters Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg -- who aren't known for softball questions -- at Re/Code's inaugural Code Conference.

In some ways, this was Nadella's biggest media test since taking over as Microsoft CEO in February. He fielded questions about everything from Microsoft's $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia, to its plans for competing with Google in search, and what Bill Gates is doing now that he's pledged to spend a third of his time on Microsoft-related work.

Following are eight examples of interesting moments that jumped out at us during the Nadella interview, as excerpted from Re/Code's live blog of the event.

All photos by Asa Mathat, Re/Code