[UPDATE: Thought it was too good to be true:
Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI.
Ahh well ...]
I don't know if this is fact, fiction or just plain wishful thinking, but there's a report out that Apple CEO Steve Jobs may share a little stage time with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Has hell frozen over or something?!?!?!
Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with tiny Global Equities Research, contends that 7 minutes of the June 7 keynote by Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been blocked off for a presentation by Microsoft (MSFT) to talk about Visual Studio 2010, the company’s suite of development tools.
I'd love to see this happen, because it could be a lot of fun and could make a great "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" spoof. But personal enjoyment aside, I can't seen any real legs to this story.
OK, it's true that "business is business" and during times of war that "my enemy's enemy is my friend" and all that, but a VS 2010 dev tool for the iPhone platform makes little sense. For example, how could VS 2010 compete with free dev tools by Apple? What about the iPhone simulator, that seems tied to the Mac OS? Would Apple share info on future products with Microsoft?
That said, this could be related to Bing search, or possibly mapping.
Or maybe it's nothing ...
... but it would be highly entertaining to see what hardened fanboys from both sides would make of such an on-stage union.