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Microsoft to the WWDC?

May 27, 2010 6:49:59.364

If this rumor is true (and mind you, it's a nothing but a single sourced rumor right now) it would sure be a visible turn around. Remember the giant projection of Bill Gates at an Apple event back in 1997? At that time, Apple was barely afloat, and Microsoft desperately needed to keep some competition around. Well, it's 13 years later, and things have certainly changed. Apple's market cap now exceeds Microsoft's, and there's this rumor:

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 to talk about Visual Studio 2010, the company’s suite of development tools. Chowdhry says the new version of VS will allow developers to write native applications for the iPhone, iPad and Mac OS. And here’s the kicker: he thinks Microsoft’s presentation could be given by none other than Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

If that's true, it would be a very visible turn about. Even if it's not true, you have to consider where Apple is in the most relevant space (mobile) compared to MS right now. Apple is in the lead, and MS is busy rearranging the deck chairs.

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posted by James Robertson

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