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Thursday, May 27, 2010, 04:40 am PT (07:40 am ET)

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer rumored to present at Apple's WWDC 2010

Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft, could play a part in rival Apple's keynote presentation at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference, according to a new rumor.

As reported by Barron's, analyst Trip Chowdhry with Global Equities research said that a total of 7 minutes of Steve Jobs' June 7 keynote have been reserved for a presentation from Microsoft. The Redmond, Wash., software giant will reportedly be showing off Visual Studio 2010, the company's suite of development tools.

Chowdhry reportedly believes that the presentation could be given by Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO and fierce rival. If not, a possible second option for the allegedly planned presentation would be Bob Muglia, head of Microsoft's server and tools business.

According to Chowdhry, the new version of Visual Studio will allow developers to write native applications for Apple's iPhone OS, which includes the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Developers will also allegedly be able to write software for the Mac OS X operating system with Visual Studio 2010.

An appearance by Ballmer would certainly be a surprise at WWDC — an event that at least one analyst believes will be lacking in surprises due to a number of high-profile leaks that are believed to have shown off the hardware of Apple's next-generation iPhone.