Steve Ballmer to speak during Apple's WWDC keynote?

As pointed out by the Boy Genius Report, Barron's is reporting quite the rumor regarding the relationship between Apple and Microsoft. Less than 24 hours after reporting that Apple has overtaken Microsoft has the world's most valuable tech firm, rumors of a Steve Ballmer appearance at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference have begun swirling. According to the post, an analyst from Global Equities Research, Trip Chowdhry, claims that a seven minute chunk of Steve Jobs' June 7th keynote has been reserved for a Microsoft presentation.

According to the analyst, Steve Ballmer himself may be the one giving the presentation. Rumor has it that Microsoft's suite of development tools, Visual Studio 2010, will be discussed. The gist of the presentation will be geared towards developing native applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS with Microsoft's tools. Should Ballmer not be the one to make the presentation, it's possible that Microsoft's president of the Server and Tools Business, Bob Muglia, will.

While the analyst thinks Ballmer is showing up to talk about Visual Studio 2010, specifically for the creation of apps, it seems more likely that he may be showing off their upcoming Office Suite for OS X. When Steve Jobs released his open letter about flash he specifically said "we know [the] painful experience [of] letting a third party layer of software come between the platform and the developer" and "this becomes even worse if the third party is supplying a cross platform development tool."  As such, it seems impractical that Steve Jobs would openly discredit third party tools and then immediately reverse that decision and promote Visual Studio 2010.

For now, this is nothing but a rumor. However, Gizmodo points out that it wouldn't be the first time we've seen a Microsoft CEO making a guest appearance at an Apple keynote. Back in 1997, Bill Gates was shown on video during Apple's MacWorld keynote. It was there that he assured the Apple community that Microsoft would continue developing its Office suite for the Mac platform.

Apple's WWDC keynote will be presented by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, on June 7th. There, it's expected that he will unveil the next version of the company's popular iPhone smartphone.

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7 minutes? Ballmer just needs 15 seconds:

Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers developers.
developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers.
Yes!

Microsoft

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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I always love the Apple people in the video when Jobs announced the microsoft stuff, they where basically thinking we dont need MS we can do this ourselves! nevermind our company is failing! we are still better! yay us! we are great!

neufuse said,
I always love the Apple people in the video when Jobs announced the microsoft stuff, they where basically thinking we dont need MS we can do this ourselves! nevermind our company is failing! we are still better! yay us! we are great!

This is what I meant above, with the fact that Apple fan boys are still the same. All the jeering, boos and laughing just gets under my skin.

dave164 said,

This is what I meant above, with the fact that Apple fan boys are still the same. All the jeering, boos and laughing just gets under my skin.

They boo with all the irrational timeliness of an American Idol studio audience.

It might have been true that MS forced Appled to ship IE in order to get Office in 1997, but we forget that at the time Netscape was very powerful and was threatening to build a full OS on the browser itself, duplicating all the elements of an OS in the browser and making the underlying OS obsolete by promoting all applications to be build for the browser. This would have harmed Apple as well, and especially Apple, since their OS had fewer native applications than Windows. But Bill Gates was right when he said that MacOffice was superior than Office for Windows, and MS did not have to invest in non-voting Apple stock, but they did, and Apple needed it. Without Office Apple would not have survived long enough to later succeed with the iPod and the iPhone. Apple fans in the audience look like the pricks they've always been, but at least they applauded at the end.

Charles Keledjian said,
Without Office Apple would not have survived long enough to later succeed with the iPod and the iPhone.

Sure, Microsoft was important (that's why Jobs had no choice but to agree), but the way Gates went about doing all this makes him an ******* of epic proportions. He's not the nice guy he's portrayed as by many here. Microsoft under him was more like Godzilla, stomping on and eating everyone that stood in the way of their profits.


Charles Keledjian said,
Apple fans in the audience look like the pricks they've always been, but at least they applauded at the end.

It's like any other cult.

Charles Keledjian said,
... MS did not have to invest in non-voting Apple stock ...

I wish I had been Microsoft investing that money at the moment. If they had hung onto it, they would have turned that $150,000,000 into near 25-50 times that amount (depending on how much they actually paid per share; Apple was around $5-10 per share at that point, compared to their current $250 per share).

Visual Studio 2010 making apps for Apple's devices. Steve Ballmer doing the presentation? Wow. That would be huge.

I assume Visual Studio would generate code that uses Apple's APIs natively and not some compatibility layer that is injected in the app... ? Wasn't that the issue with Flash made apps? There was always this compatibility layer running that caused extra overhead.

Shadrack said,
Visual Studio 2010 making apps for Apple's devices. Steve Ballmer doing the presentation? Wow. That would be huge.

I assume Visual Studio would generate code that uses Apple's APIs natively and not some compatibility layer that is injected in the app... ? Wasn't that the issue with Flash made apps? There was always this compatibility layer running that caused extra overhead.

According to Apple, it wasn't the overhead that they cared about it. It was the lag between changes to the API and the changes by the layer maintainer (Adobe in this case). Historically, Adobe has been extremely slow to fix and change things, although they have drastically accelerated things of late to keep Flash relevant (such as 10.1 rapidly supporting the newly public Apple APIs to support H.264 decoding in hardware, rather than in software, which was to blame for a lot, but not all of the poor Flash performance on Macs [this was Apple's fault for not releasing the APIs!]).

A major player that is unwilling to change their middle layer can slow down the adoption of new changes (such as going from iPhone OS 3 to iPhone OS 4), and Apple does not want that to happen (especially because it helps to prevent lock out of "out-dated" devices).

I am extremely interested to see if Visual Studio will support iPhone development. I would love it because I could never get used to development within XCode, which I have always thought of as one of the worst IDEs, but I love Visual Studio. It will be interesting to see though because this would require an iPhone simulator. Similarly, I wonder about Mac development from within Windows; I'd say this is far less likely. The iPhone is much easier to implement, especially since they already have a phone simulator.

Edited by pickypg, May 27 2010, 4:08pm : Added "According to Apple,"

satus said,
Happy family. haha Microsoft vs Apple fanboys are screwed. Stupid and waste time.

When you say the Microsoft vs Apple fanboys, are you talking about the trolls that litter the Apple news stories? Yea, it's a waste of time.

NeoTrunks said,

When you say the Microsoft vs Apple fanboys, are you talking about the trolls that litter the Apple news stories? Yea, it's a waste of time.

Like you who just say trolls who litter the Apple news stories? The other way around works too

dave164 said,

Like you who just say trolls who litter the Apple news stories? The other way around works too

Go ahead and prove that I've done it. I'm a satisfied MS customer as well.

NeoTrunks said,

When you say the Microsoft vs Apple fanboys, are you talking about the trolls that litter the Apple news stories? Yea, it's a waste of time.

both sides

satus said,

both sides

Probably true. Microsoft stories might have one or two stupid commenters. But has anyone else noticed the 100s that usually haunt the Apple stories? No comparison .