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?
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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