Interesting little blurb at http://blogs.barrons.com/techtraderdaily/2010/05/26/apple-will-steve-ballmer-show-up-at-the-wwdc-keynote/ about Microsoft presenting at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (otherwise known as WWDC) to show off Visual Studio for iPad/iPhone and general Mac OS X development.
Geeze. How many levels of wrong is this rumor? You think Apple is going to trust Microsoft with the keys to their iPhone/iPad kingdom? I don’t think so. Apple has worked too hard building xCode and Cocoa Touch to let a 3rd party develop for iPhone/iPad. If this does happen, then Apple might as well give Adobe a call and let them know they can restart their iPhone/iPad programs too. And we all know where that feud isn’t over yet.
Where this might make sense is desktop applications. Microsoft, while doing all that work to write Microsoft Office for the Mac in Cocoa, wrote their own Cocoa libraries and other Mac GUI editors and put it into Visual Studio. Seems like an awful lot of work with minimal gain for Microsoft unless they’ve decided to make a push in REAL Software’s corner. They certainly have the knowledge and resources to do such a product.
While I don’t think this rumor has legs it does make you think. No doubt Microsoft is feeling the pinch of developers learning Cocoa which does nothing for Microsoft. If they developed a cross-platform Visual Studio it stems the bleeding because now developers don’t have an either/or decision to make. Learning a new development tool and frameworks suck and letting all those Windows developers develop for Mac and Windows using their tool keeps Microsoft in the game. It doesn’t help them with iPhone/iPad development (now) but in five years who knows. If it does happen it will generate some serious buzz which is something Microsoft wants (needs?).
What does this do, if true, to our favorite development tools company located in Austin? I don’t think it would be good news.