The time draws near for a historical event that will witness Microsoft's Chairman and Co-founder Bill Gates and Apple's Chief Executive Office Steve Jobs on the same stage together. Just one day before the test versions of Windows Vista will officially be declared expired, on May 30, at The Wall Street Journal's "D: All Things Digital" conference for 2007, Gates and
Steve will make a joint appearance which will undoubtedly go down in the history books.
The event was announced since mid February 2007, and it has managed to build up a lot of anticipation. In the second month of this year, the general situation was a tad different. Windows Vista was making its way to over 20 million licenses sold in the first month, but that detail wouldn't be revealed until March and Apple was still on track to deliver Mac OS X Leopard in the spring.
Since February, Microsoft has shipped approximately 40 million licenses of Vista and is looking ahead to the second part of the year when it will deliver Windows Server 2008, Windows Homer Server and Windows vista SP1. Apple will also be unveiling the much publicized iPhone and will also finalize Leopard by October 2007.
But on May 30, 2007, Gates and Steve will participate in an onstage conversation focused on the history and future of the digital revolution. But in addition to Gates and Jobs, there is a plethora of IT legendary figures making the conference the axis mundi of technology for 2007: Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft, Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO, Google, Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution, John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, Les Moonves, President and CEO, CBS, Ann Moore, Chairman and CEO, Time Inc., Peter Chernin, President and COO, News Corp., Jeff Hawkins, Founder of Palm Computing, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, Founders of YouTube, Philippe Dauman, President and CEO, Viacom.