Steve Ballmer Could Speak at Apple's WWDC

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.

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[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.

  • dameon51
    so iphone dev in a windows environment? about time
  • ehanger
  • agnickolov
    Hopefully that means we'll be able to ditch Xcode for good...
  • nforce4max
    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.
  • cadder
    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.
  • dasper
    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.
  • matt314
    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!
  • Ragnar-Kon
    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.
  • Drag0nR1der
    Would be the first time someone with a real personality did
  • builderbobftw
    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.