Xamarin is a San Francisco, California based software company whose tools are used by over 1 million developers globally to write native Android, iOS, and Windows apps with native user interfaces and share code across multiple platforms. It is this very company that Microsoft is in the process of buying. Xamarin’s clientele include top brands like Coca-Cola Bottling, Thermo Fisher, Honeywell and JetBlue, as well as gaming companies like SuperGiant Games and Gummy Drop.
Why Buy Xamarin?
While Microsoft is waxing lyrical about how this acquisition will make them better able to empower more developers to build apps on any device – including Android, iOS, and Windows 10 Mobile, perhaps one critical goal here is to boost the catalogue of apps available for Windows 10 Mobile. But beyond that is the bigger picture – Microsoft gets a stronger footing in the cross-platform mobile app development. Microsoft is smart to be getting its hands into every cookie jar available. In other words, whatever mobile OS you go with, you will find Microsoft actively involved there.
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