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Latest statement thought to signal a thawing of relations between Apple and Microsoft

Steve Ballmer praises App Store

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has expressed admiration for Apple’s strategy and implementation of the App Store.

According to the Apple Insider, Ballmer said in a speech at the University of Washington: “Apple’s done a very nice job that allows people to monetize and commercialise their intellectual property.”

The statement has been widely read to signal a warmer relationship between the two companies as both companies look to check the growth of Google. Rumours of a deal to position Bing as the default search engine on the iPhone have abounded in the last few months.

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