Barrons has reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might be sharing the stage with Steve Jobs during the Worldwide Developers Conference Keynote address on June 7.
The speculations follow a recent note from Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry that Microsoft may announce the launch of a new version of Visual Studio that will allow developers to write applications for iPhone OS and Mac OS.
The analyst has stated that 7 minutes of Apple's Keynote address might have been blocked for a presentation from Microsoft. In the presentation, the company is expected to talk about the tools in Visual Studio 2010 that will help app developers write native apps for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS. Chowdhry further states that the presentation may be delivered either by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer or Bob Muglia, President of the Server and Tools Business (STB) at Microsoft.
This is a significant news not only because of the traditional rivalry between Apple and Microsoft, but also because it will mark a notable change in Apple's policies with respect to app development. Currently developers who create applications for the iPhone OS can only do so using the XCode development suite that runs exclusively on Mac OS.
While the news definitely sounds exciting, we would like to point out that this is a speculation and needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. However, it would be interesting to see if there is indeed an announcement in this regard.
Microsoft has officially denied the claim that Steve Ballmer will be speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2010 keynote on June 7th via this tweet on its official Twitter account:
Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI.
However, it still needs to be seen if Microsoft will still make the announcement about the Visual Studio for iPhone app development.
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