UPDATE - Apple and Microsoft CEOs will not share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... (hell hasn't frozen over!)

UPDATE - Apple and Microsoft CEOs will not share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... (hell hasn't frozen over!)

Summary: 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.

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[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.

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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.

Topics: Apple, CXO, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Software

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  • Death match!?!

    Balmer has weight for sure but Job's might be able to use that size against him. Have you seen that man sweat when active only slightly!!! Any intense activity might cause a massive coronary:P

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • It's probably not anything related to Visual Studio

      Just BING on iPhone / iPad or sth.
      LBiege
    • Unless, of course, Steve Job's liver gives/falls out

      then it's just a waiting game between the two, and my guess that Balmer has more "reserves" to access:P
      John Zern
      • I'll give you that one....

        @John Zern
        Balmer certainly has more.. Much more reserves. Still it takes more to get that "reserve" going and keep it going. Jobs by the look of him can last all day on a single chip.

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
  • RE: Apple and Microsoft CEOs may share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... has hell frozen over?

    Apple earns lots of money with their app store. But they are limiting their developers to the apple plattform. The World is running Windows on the desktop with thousands and thousands of developers out there. There are certainly lots of companies out there that are running their IT on Windows, but also would provide certain software apps to the mobile plattform (and IPhone hast lots of market share). On the other side, Microsoft could push Visual Studio 2010 and provide developers some good reasons for an update.
    There are lots of possibilities for collaboration.

    Sure, Bing as an exclusive search provider would could be another possibility.
    Mr.Gonzo
  • RE: Apple and Microsoft CEOs may share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... has hell frozen over?

    I'd go there just to see Ballmer throw a chair at jobs.
    steve.ro
  • RE: Apple and Microsoft CEOs may share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... has hell frozen over?

    Um... not the first time an Apple and Microsoft CEO were together. There have been a couple of interviews with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in the same room. ZDNet quality of journalism is going downhill really quick.
    Loverock Davidson
  • I have one message to Balmer

    [i]It's a trick, get an axe.[/i]
    NonZealot
    • I have to give it to you that's a good one!

      @NonZealot
      Nice change of pace for you:P

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • RE: Apple and Microsoft CEOs may share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... has hell frozen over?

      @NonZealot
      LOL, classic!
      Loverock Davidson
  • To join forces, pehaps?

    They both foresee dire challenges ahead, joining forces against their common nemesis is their best bet at resisting its fury.
    OS Reload
  • Or just to entertain the audience, perhaps?

    I heard that Apple fans have been complaining to Jobs because the show's flair has been droping sharply in recent years.

    Jobs obliged. This year they will have the monkey dance performed live.
    OS Reload
    • Steve Jobs is going to dance the monkey dance?

      or will he get the engineer that left the iPhone at the bar to do it? :)
      John Zern
      • Guess so. Apparently Ballmer balked.

        @John Zern

        Rumors have it that Ballmer is too nervous, a typical case of stage fright. I suppose his coronary problems are playing a role too.

        Jobs will have no other option but to take Ballmer's place. It's either that or disappoint his audience.
        OS Reload
      • Or even better...

        The low-life that pick-pocketed the iPhone of of the Apple engineer. ;)
        Rick_K
  • I miss Bill Gates

    Enough of Ballmer
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Nah, Gates is a poor dancer

      Ballmer is better, and he can throw chairs too.

      Gates is a better geek. Did you know Gates could code <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DONKEY.BAS">like this</a>? (caution, that game is addictive.)
      OS Reload
  • RE: Apple and Microsoft CEOs may share stage time at WWDC 2010 ... has hell

    So ZDNet has sunk to filing rumors as news stories? Talk about an all-time low. I guess it is a bit (mind you only a small bit) better than the constant Apple bashing, but still Does every article about Apple, have to contain a Microsoft reference?
    Rick_K
  • It makes perfect sense...

    A Windows-based, Visual Studio-based development tool means any/all of the following:

    1) Silverlight on iPhone ... and therefore full, cross-platform development possible between iPhone and Windows Phone 7.

    2) More iPhone developers, and see the previous item for why there will be more Windows Phone developers.

    It's a win-win for Microsoft and a win for Apple.
    GoodThings2Life
  • People fail to realize...

    that Microsoft bailed out Apple at one point and owns part of it...those two companies have been collaborating for quite some time now and pulling the wool over our eyes. Curse them!
    bckerr