Kicking off the May 27 at the Recode.Net Code Conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had a lot to say (and not to say).
He artfully ducked questions on whether he initially was in favor of Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business. (Rumor has it he was not.) He sidestepped questions about how and why Microsoft missed the mobile wave. He skillfully avoided talking much about Microsoft competitors Google and Yahoo. And he plain-out ignored questions about how often he lunches with Microsoft Founder and now tech advisor Bill Gates. (Yay, Nadella!)
Update No. 3: The Skype Translator app Microsoft demonstrated today is brand-new, even though previous incarnations have existed, a spokesperson pointed out, for the record. "What is net new with Skype Translator is that this will enable two way communication and will deliver the platform to do that -- via Skype and video," the spokesperson added.
While the new Skype Translator demo was all well and good, I found Nadella's remarks and responses on other questions to be more interesting. To keep up with his comments, I relied on three live blogs (from The Verge, GigaOm and Recode), given Nadella's Code Conference remarks were not live streamed.
To me, the key piece of Nadella's presentation involved a single, loaded word: Software. He reiterated that Microsoft's goal these days is to get its software on all devices, not just those from Microsoft or those running Windows. That's a big deal.