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Microsoft Slips Mobile Developer Conference Between Apple and Google Events

Any mobile developers not from the Bay Area might just want to rent a place in San Francisco for the month of June.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is set for the week of June 11, while Google’s I/O event runs June 27 to 29. Now, as noted by ZDNet, Microsoft has started sending invitations for a mobile developer event for June 20 and 21.

Of course, that assumes developers can get into these events. Both Google I/O and WWDC sold out quickly.

A Microsoft representative confirmed its event, but declined to offer any details on what would be on the agenda or who would be able to go, beyond those who were invited. Redmond has been extra quiet about its plans beyond the current “Mango” version of Windows Phone 7.

The rest of the industry hasn’t been so quiet, with various partners talking — occasionally publicly — about the next version, dubbed “Apollo,” shipping later this year. Several reports have suggested the next version will shift from the current Windows CE core to one based on the desktop version of Windows.

Microsoft has said that current Windows Phone apps should run on the next version of the operating system, but has not committed that the operating system will run on existing hardware.

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