A timely reality check
But Ballmer's statement was deliberate, and it comes as Microsoft and Apple are reportedly close to adding Bing search to the iPhone. BusinessWeek on Jan. 19 reported the companies were in extended talks about replacing Google as the iPhone's default search service.
So I'm taking Ballmer's App Store praise as another sign the relationship between Microsoft and Apple is warming.
This inconvenient truth could lead to unusual changes in the tech-industry climate this year and force people to reconsider their preconceptions.
Microsoft and Apple always have had a love-hate relationship that's much deeper and more complicated than the Hatfield-McCoy sniping their fans engage in.