Microsoft is aware that mobile app developers are driving software innovations to make life easier for private individuals and businesses, and is set to further empower developers by acquiring Xamarin, the leading platform provider for mobile app development that most developers have come to trust and use.
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Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president for Cloud and Enterprise Group revealed in a blog post that his company would be acquiring Xamarin because it enables developers from various sides of the divide to develop mobile apps for any device on an open platform and global cloud, supported with powerful tools.
Used together with Visual Studio, Xamarin empowers mobile app developers to utilize C# to deliver functional apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices. With Xamarin’s offering, developers can exploit the power of .NET to build mobile apps, while also using C# to write native APIs needed by iOS, Android, and Windows device platforms.
“This enables developers to easily share common app code across their iOS, Android and Windows apps while still delivering fully native experiences for each of the platforms,” Guthrie said. “Xamarin’s unique solution has fueled amazing growth for more than four years.”
Mobile developers who rely on C#, Objective-C, Java, and other hybrid app builders utilize Xamarin Test Cloud test and improve app quality via millions of devices and cloud-hosted phones.
With over 15,000 customers in 120 countries – including hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, Xamarin has come a long way and has over 1.3 million developers utilizing their platform. Some of their customers include Alaska Airlines, Coca-Cola Bottling, Thermo Fisher, Honeywell and JetBlue, while gaming companies like SuperGiant Games and Gummy Drop also use Xamarin’s technology.
“We have had a longstanding partnership with Xamarin, and have jointly built Xamarin integration into Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and the Enterprise Mobility Suite to provide developers with an end-to-end workflow for native, secure apps across platforms,” Guthrie revealed. “We have also worked closely together to offer the training, tools, services and workflows developers need to succeed.”
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Although this Microsoft’s acquisition of Xamarin is still subject to regulatory approval, Guthrie said the combination of Xamarin, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure provides a complete mobile app dev solution that provides everything developers need to develop, test, deliver and instrument mobile apps for every device.