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  • Microsoft To Present at Apple's WWDC? (Updated)



    Technology apparently makes for strange bedfellows.

    If you haven't heard rumblings about the possibility of Microsoft participating in Apple's WWDC, you're not alone. Even some of those who have heard the rumor within the last few hours were quick to dismiss the possibility as just that - a rumor. But there may, in fact, be some truth behind the prospect of two tech giants coming together for next month's much-anticipated event.

    To be clear, this report is based on more than just un-sourced blogosphere hearsay. According to Barron's, a small chunk of time has been reserved during Steve Jobs' June 7th keynote speech for Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer to address the conference. Why would Ballmer turn up for the WWDC this year? If the appearance pans out, the Microsoft chief executive would likely be on hand to introduce Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft's pretty nifty suite of dev tools.

    Ironically, the morning we learn of a possible Microsoft and Apple collaboration at WWDC comes only hours after Apple's market capitalization reached $222 billion, which is now officially ahead of Microsoft. As Wall Street closed on Wednesday, Apple could boast of being the largest tech company on the planet.

    The speculation about a Ballmer appearance certainly goes a long way to infuse a bit of mystery and excitement into the 2010 WWDC. After all, we pretty much know what to expect from the next iPhone. And how often can we confidently assert that we know what Apple is up to before the company reveals a new product or venture?

    *UPDATE

    Microsoft is setting the record straight about credible report from Barron's. From Microsoft's official Twitter page: "Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft To Present at Apple's WWDC? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Is messany italian for rumor?
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Microsoft and Apple used to play nice together. I really wish that they could do the same again since Google seems to be turning away from them. Microsoft at one point saved Apple. Before that SJ and BG worked together on Microsoft products for Macs. They still sort of do with the Office suites. But to bring some piece of OSX to Microsoft will be big for both.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      i think that joke about dancing with the stars was only the second joke i have ever seen microsoft make, the first is in the xbox 360 manul
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      whaWHAwhaWHAT??!!
    1. Doc Infinity's Avatar
      Doc Infinity -
      Not to burst anyones bubble but i have been developing in the beta versions of visual studio and now ultimate and unless Microsoft is hiding something from us/Xcode will be present in a external application to be added to vs2010 there is no sign that it will be happening. On top of that, why would apple want lose the sales that they receive from developers purchasing macs/ their control over who develops? Now that doesn't sound like something that apple would do.
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      I'd love to see iPad /iPhone introduce support for Silverlight which will be Micosoft's mobile development platform. However, this is not likely. I won't be surprised to see some Microsoft product manager at WWDC introducing some new application for the iphone/ipad.