Analyst Expects Microsoft’s Ballmer at Apple’s WWDC Keynote

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Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry thinks Apple will drop a surprise on developers at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June when it announces Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2010 can build native iPhone apps, and that company CEO Steve Ballmer will be on stage for the event.

Mr. Chowdhry thinks Mr. Ballmer will handle the Visual Studio demo during the Steve Jobs-hosted keynote event, and that if Microsoft’s CEO can’t be there, Microsoft server and tools business boss, Bob Muglia will show off the company’s tools.

Along with native iPhone app compiling, Mr. Chowdhry thinks Visual Studio 2010 will also be able to build Mac OS X-compatible applications.

While not impossible, Mr. Chowdhry’s predictions seem highly unlikely, especially since Apple recently changed its iPhone developer agreement to prohibit third-party coding environments that don’t natively access Apple’s APIs. Assuming his prediction is accurate, Apple would’ve been working secretly with Microsoft to make sure Visual Studio 2010 could link directly to its APIs, which doesn’t seem very likely, either.

Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference starts on June 7 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Mr. Jobs will host the keynote event where we’ll see how right — or wrong — Mr. Chowdhry’s predictions are.

[Thanks to Barrons for the heads up.]

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Unlikely, but then I was shocked when Bill Gates face appeared on the screen at that Macworld in 1999(?).

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The funny part is that anyone still believes that 3.3.1 was about anything other than preventing Adobe AIR apps from dominating the App Store. The mechanisms of language and APIs were convenient props.


I think it would be awesome to have Balmer there.  I think it will be to announce Bing as the default search on the iPhone, and maybe Bing Maps.


to announce Bing as the default search on the iPhone, and maybe Bing Maps.

Now that’s an interesting idea. A chance for Apple to dig at Google.


Agreed with Bosco - Apple have quietly given approval to other cross-platform solutions (those that translate code to C first).

As for the general comment - I’ll believe it when I see it. The API linking bit is unlikely to be the issue - it’s not that different from linking to any other third party API, and it’s done in the later stages of the compiler chain anyway (plus Obj-C calls don’t get truly linked at all).

Ditto supporting Obj-C at the GUI level (syntax highlighting, auto-complete, etc) given that Obj-C is C + Dynamic Language features.

Where I think it falls down is the integration of the compiler and debugger with the IDE. gcc has limitations that affect the level of integration XCode can offer - clang would be the obvious choice, but isn’t ‘production ready’ for C++ compilation yet, which restricts it’s use as an iPhone tool.

On the other hand - there are good reasons why both sides might want to do this - MS want developers to use Visual Studio and keep Windows the primary development environment, Apple want to maximize the number of iPhone developers (and it won’t cannibalise Mac sales much).


Here’s why I’m sick of headlines that start with “Analyst:”

“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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