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Steve Ballmer Could Speak at Apple's WWDC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

So here's a crazy rumor for your Thursday enjoyment.

Next month, Apple's WWDC is taking place in California. We know there'll be a new iPhone, which is probably the biggest and most interesting thing that will happen there. Unfortunately, due to a stolen and/or lost and then sold iPhone 4G, it's not that much of a surprise anymore. However, WWDC is not just about a new iPhone, and apparently, there could be a very special guest there from Microsoft.

Tech Trader Daily cites Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research, who believes that 7 minutes of the June 7 Steve Jobs keynote has been blocked reserved for a Microsoft speech detailing Visual Studio 2010. That's noteworthy in its own right, but Trip also says that the speech could be given by none other than CEO Steve Ballmer.

Chowdhry says the new version of VS will allow developers to write native applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS, and goes on to say that if the presentation isn't given by Steve Jobs, Bob Muglia, who runs Microsoft’s server and tools business, will be there instead.

*Image via jirobot

[UPDATE] Microsoft has said CEO Steve Ballmer won't be attending Apple's WWDC next month. The company must have heard through the grapevine that a certain Wall Street analyst had said he might be there and decided to set things straight with a tweet.

Though Steve won't be there, the company didn't say there wouldn't be a Microsoft presentation at all. And now that we're here and talking about it, how great would it be to see Steve Ballmer on Dancing with the Stars? Surely there must be a petition for that.

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    ehanger , May 27, 2010 7:56 PM
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    dameon51 , May 27, 2010 7:43 PM
    so iphone dev in a windows environment? about time
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    ehanger , May 27, 2010 7:56 PM
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    agnickolov , May 27, 2010 7:56 PM
    Hopefully that means we'll be able to ditch Xcode for good...
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    nforce4max , May 27, 2010 8:22 PM
    Apple= Illuminati/ Big brother/esoteric symbolism

    I don't blame em for skipping out, he has had a fair share of bad press runs plus Ballmer and dodging eggs don't mix that well.
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    cadder , May 27, 2010 8:26 PM
    So I should wait and NOT buy a MacMini for the next 11 days?

    (I pulled the trigger on one today but between the time I put it in my online cart and the time I entered my address and credit card # they sold out. Maybe that was a good thing for me.)

    I can't believe Apple will allow software from any other development source to be used on iDevices.

    Visual Studio kicks ass, BUT, at what price tag? Xcode with all its bugs is free.

    But don't forget the cost of the MAC to run it on.
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    dasper , May 27, 2010 9:08 PM
    Does anyone have any clarification if this will include Visual Studio Express or just the full version? A part of me thinks this will be wonderful for both companies since it will help spur application development for Apple that is losing market share to Google (and perhaps to Win7 Mobile in the near future) but also help keep developers on Windows machines to develop on a lucrative platform.

    The other part of me is wondering if Microsoft is just doing this to try and include Objective C in the dot net framework so they could get Mac exclusive apps ported to Windows easier and perhaps the new Win7 Mobile platform. If they had an easy way for developers to port their iPhone apps, that has potential for Microsoft to pick up a lot of ground to catch up to Apple and Google.
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    matt314 , May 27, 2010 9:10 PM
    The price
    SmochinaVisual Studio kicks ass, BUT, at what price tag? Xcode with all its bugs is free.

    It will also be free. Just like it is for developping in XNA. You just have to download the Express Edition!
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    Ragnar-Kon , May 27, 2010 9:40 PM
    While I do wish this would happen... it seems similar to the Adobe Flash compiler, and so I should think that Apple wouldn't allow Microsoft to do the same thing Adobe is doing.

    That is, unless there was a lot of money involved.
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    Drag0nR1der , May 27, 2010 10:30 PM
    Would be the first time someone with a real personality did
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    builderbobftw , May 27, 2010 10:39 PM
    I got a used MacBook for 200E, it can even run Starcraft 2 so I think it was a very good investment.

    But it can't run intensive/pretty games on decent settings.

    Metro, BC2, Crysis etc etc.
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    the_krasno , May 27, 2010 10:49 PM
    I wonder if he will pretend to destroy the new iPhone.
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    cashews , May 27, 2010 11:04 PM
    As soon as I saw the title I knew it would be a story based on a tip off from a no name source.

    Although the ability to develop Mac software from Visual Studio would benefit both parties involved. Visual studio has always been one of the most polished IDEs around and I am sure there are a fair few Windows developers who would like a piece of the iPhone/Mac market.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2010 12:45 AM
    come on MS is great they saved apple when it needed help. and keep there monopoly troubles down to a min.
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    silverx75 , May 28, 2010 1:38 PM
    Dancing with the Stars? Who thought of that?
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    brendano257 , May 28, 2010 3:14 PM
    Probably the better option for Apple, Balmer seems to be a bit of a liability at any sort of conference.
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    gm0n3y , May 28, 2010 3:36 PM
    matt314The price It will also be free. Just like it is for developping in XNA. You just have to download the Express Edition!

    I've never used the Express Edition, is it any good?
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    kdashjl , May 28, 2010 3:46 PM
    SmochinaShow me a laptop that costs 200E and can run those. By the way, why do people still think Crysis is a game? It's just a useless benchmark, and as all other benchmarks, there is no gameplay.

    i think is a very good game not only a benchmark tool
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    back_by_demand , May 28, 2010 4:48 PM
    Steve Ballmer to speak at the Apple WWDC

    also, in breaking news

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