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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. Papskiess's Avatar
      Papskiess -
      very strange Microsoft!!
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      This sounds very exciting...I'd like to see Job's slap Ballmer and say "Now you're my bit*h"
    1. Gsr_Hatch's Avatar
      Gsr_Hatch -
      Quote Originally Posted by therandy View Post
      This sounds very exciting...I'd like to see Job's slap Ballmer and say "Now you're my bit*h"
      And hopefully in the fall Ballmer will kick Jobs in the balls and say "Now you're MY bit*h" if they release the Windows Mobile 7 Phone and it turns out to be awesome!
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      it is a "World Wide Developer Conference" after all, so why not Microsoft?
    1. Messington's Avatar
      Messington -
      Is it possible that the new iPhone comes with bing rather than google, and that microsoft is there to talk about bing on the iphone?
    1. HKiller9123's Avatar
      HKiller9123 -
      its like stark and hammer... except they're not trying to kill each other (or are they... hmm.)
    1. salmedina87's Avatar
      salmedina87 -
      That does sound very exciting! Only a couple more days!!!!
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      Nice probably gonna make bing default search engine but I'm hoping there's something supercool awaiting us.
    1. deucalion0's Avatar
      deucalion0 -
      This is only a rumour probably, but if there was any truth to it and I really hope there is, then I think it may be Visual Studio is getting the iPhone SDK and windows developers can develop for the iPhone, opens up a whole new world to many and I can stop learning how to use this Mac I just bought solely for developing in Xcode. 500 for a Mac mini, I'm trying my best to convince myself this 500 gets me more than Xcode but its never on except when I'm using Xcode, I have windows 7 and in my opinion, Macs are great but I just love my PC and I'll always use my PC before the Mac mini.

      So hopefully Visual Studio and iPhone SDK come together, that would be amazing, and I would just sell this Mac Mini.

      Cheers.
    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      It doesn't seem that strange to me. Both companies are threatened by Google, and after all, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".
    1. Thatskanyon's Avatar
      Thatskanyon -
      Could be a combination of adding Bing to iPhone and perhaps adding annativr Msn messenger to iPhone.... Hope that's the case. Better be worth it.. If these rumours are true that is.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Quote Originally Posted by messington View Post
      is it possible that the new iphone comes with bing rather than google, and that microsoft is there to talk about bing on the iphone?
      rather have google then bing
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      I think the picture is awesome!
    1. mallenass's Avatar
      mallenass -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnr9412 View Post
      I think the picture is awesome!
      lol, me too. the rest of the article is just blah. but the pic is awesome. these days, unless its a 4g iphone i find in my local grocery store... nothing gets me exited
    1. FlexSurferOne's Avatar
      FlexSurferOne -
      Is this what they say "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"!?
    1. Loxs's Avatar
      Loxs -
      Hmmm, perhaps Microsoft office on the iPad? Maps being changed to Microsoft Virtual earth? search provider changing to bing? Microsoft messenger live for iPhone? Maybe it could be to do with some of microsofts cloud based offerings?

      Who knows but ms products seldom excite but I would like virtual earth on idevices as it's roughly 200x. Etter than google maps IMO.
    1. AjBlue's Avatar
      AjBlue -
      YES! I knew it! i told the windows fanboys, mark my words Apple will be bigger in due time.... and that time is NOW! booya, bout time windows got knocked off its high horse. maybe now they will actually produce some quality products.

      Quote Originally Posted by FlexSurferOne View Post
      Is this what they say "The enemy of my enemy is my friend"!?
      Yup, It means in halo terms, don't shoot your enemy, let your enemies enemy shoot them first and you swoop in for the kill.

      see, what had happened was, since google is growing at an alarming rate, google is branching of into other peoples areas and will hurt apple a lot more than microsoft, as google not only is making a OS, but is also making computer connections, and phones.
      the iphone is apples biggest seller.
    1. iRoach74's Avatar
      iRoach74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messington View Post
      Is it possible that the new iPhone comes with bing rather than google, and that microsoft is there to talk about bing on the iphone?
      didnt think about that... definitely possible though, itd make sense
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      As mentioned earlier, probably to introduce Bing as the default search engine.

      I only HOPE that Visual Studio will incorporate Xcode for the iPhone SDK. Then I can stop dreaming about buying a Mac for that sole purpose.

      I wanted a Mac before for all the reasons I can possibly thing of... but then I got Windows 7 and became a happy PC user again ^_^
    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      Get out of america, get out of europe.