Apple and Microsoft. Microsoft and Apple. The two most valuable tech companies in the world will host competing conferences next week for IT pros and developers. While Apple gets its iGroove on with the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Microsoft will lure techie professionals to New Orleans for TechEd.
Both conferences start Monday, June 7, and will last most of the week.
When Steve Jobs kicks off Apple’s big developer conference on Monday, he will be introducing a new iPhone.
Unlike at other events, Steve won’t be able to surprise the audience. Thanks to the leaked photos and video of the new iPhone, most of the world knows what’s coming.
And in the case of TechEd, Industry watchers expect Microsoft to shed more light on its cloud computing strategy and Windows Phone 7 from its beleaguered mobile business unit. On the cloud front, an update to Azure, Microsoft’s answer to Amazon’s EC2 cloud service, is possible. On the mobile side, Windows application developers are hoping to see Windows Phone 7 handsets and beta versions of the operating system, as well as more details about the online Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.