Apple and IBM announce a mega deal that changes the mobile enterprise as we know it — during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.
Microsoft lays off 18,000 the same week at its conference, about 14 percent of its workforce.
And there’s actually a silver lining for Microsoft?
Yes, says Richard Edwards, principal analyst for Enterprise IT at London-based Ovum Research.
"It’s no coincidence that the announcement came as Microsoft was holding its Worldwide Partner Conference," Edwards told CMSWire, "but I actually think the IBM/Apple hook-up will benefit Microsoft in the long run."