Microsoft Buying Xamarin to Build Mobile App Dev Powerhouse
Microsoft has agreed to buy mobile app dev toolmaker Xamarin in a deal that brings a rich C#-based mobile development environment home.In what some consider a long-awaited move, Microsoft today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire mobile app dev toolmaker Xamarin. Xamarin provides a popular platform that enables developers to build mobile applications using C# and deliver native mobile app experiences on iOS, Android and Windows devices. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Microsoft has had a long relationship with Xamarin—integrating with the Xamarin tools, including Xamarin co-founder and CTO Miguel de Icaza in open-source strategy committees and even openly wooing de Icaza to join the software giant even before the founding of Xamarin more than four years ago. The companies jointly built Xamarin integration into Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite. "Xamarin's approach enables developers to take advantage of the productivity and power of .NET to build mobile apps, and to use C# to write to the full set of native APIs and mobile capabilities provided by each device platform," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft, in a blog post. "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. Xamarin's unique solution has fueled amazing growth for more than four years."
Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst Jeffrey Hammond said the move to acquire Xamarin amplifies Microsoft's already comprehensive mobile development strategy.