Microsoft To Announce Visual Studio iPhone App Development Tools At WWDC?

Steve Ballmer to be present at WWDC 2010

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.

What are your views? Do you see Apple opening up the app development process to Windows users? Tell us in the comments. 

[via Barrons]

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  • 1st and that would be cool.

  • applE

    would be very cool.

  • wolverinemarky

    i would be shocked

  • Wickedweasel

    Steve Jobs & Bill Gates will be doing the hokie pokie on stage live.
    LOL Óź©

  • Billygates

    Speaking of visual studios on the iPhone, has anyone seen that kick ass Kung Fu bear with mad skills :)??

  • can't wait

  • Tank

    if we can develop osx apps on windows then we will be able to run the apps too (must). Now how the F will be that made?? MS, Apple would never do that.

  • This is great, more apps for the iphone. I wonder what google has to say abou this.

  • Min

    If that is true, it will be wonderful.
    But, actually, Apple will prohibit using any thire statemens.

  • Cr@Zy

    What about the work from the dude below:

  • Cr@Zy

    Does anyone know if it any good?

    Or is it just a hoax?

  • No hoax.

    It is still a work-in-progress.

    Finished features are:
    – basic Visual Studio Package (for iOS Projects).
    – SSH communication.
    – Requirements checking/fixing (APT packages)

    At the moment the toolchain check/configuration is being done. The main obstacle is how to handle the Apple iPhone SDK image (the DMG) technically so to keep it legal. However, i am still hopefull it will work…


    Peter Vrenken

  • Ehsan

    would have been a huge benefit for the Windows users.To do a lot of development…