Microsoft Buys HockeyApp Developer Analytics Provider
Microsoft acquired HockeyApp to bring analytics and app distribution to developers of iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps.Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, a crash analytics and app distribution provider for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. HockeyApp is based in Stuttgart, Germany, where it offers a range of mobile development services enabling developers to develop, distribute and beta-test great mobile applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a blog post on the acquisition, S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, said, "As mobile, cloud and DevOps continue to transform the application development landscape, we are bringing together the most complete set of tools and services for highly productive mobile-first, cloud-first development—from cross-platform mobile development tools in Visual Studio to Application Insights in Visual Studio Online." Indeed, Microsoft expects the acquisition to be welcome news for users of the Visual Studio Online Application Insights service, as Microsoft plans to integrate HockeyApp with Application Insights to provide a 360-degree view of usage analytics and diagnostics across all popular mobile platforms. This expands the Application Insights offering beyond server platforms.
Application Insights is a cloud-based service that collects operational, performance and customer usage information from server and client/device applications—whether they run on-premises, in Microsoft Azure, using a third-party cloud provider, or a combination of all three. With this 360-degree view into the availability, performance, and usage of their applications and services, developers can quickly detect availability and performance problems, pinpoint their root cause, and connect to a rich diagnostic experience in Visual Studio. And by knowing what their customers are doing with their applications, developers get the insights to continuously improve their applications and prioritize investments.