"Hell froze over."
That is how some are describing the moment when a Microsoft executive took the stage at Apple's annual product event in San Francisco on Wednesday. The two tech giants share a long history, with plenty of acrimony. Steve Jobs, for example, famously said that Microsoft had no taste, according to Walter Issacson's biography of the Apple founder.
But times have changed.
At the event Wednesday, Apple announced, among other things, a new iPad that starts at $799. CEO Tim Cook's mission is to make this larger iPad Pro, measuring 12.9 inches, more appealing in the workplace.
"The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision of the future for personal computing," Cook said. "A simple, multitouch piece of glass that instantly transforms into anything you want it to be."