Windows 10 with support Bash, Cortana still smarter, artificial intelligence , improving accessibility for the blind, at last, the first day of the conference Build 2016 Microsoft brought an overdose of news. But also left important announcements for today (31), the second day. One of direct interest to the target audience of the event, developers: the platform Xamarin is now free for all Visual Studio users.
As a company, Xamarin came in 2011 at the hands of a group of developers (especially Miguel de Icaza) involved with the Mono open source project created to enable a set of tools compatible with the .NET platform that can run on various operating systems such as Linux, OS X, BSD and Windows.
At this stage, the Xamarin as a platform offers several features that facilitate the development of applications for Android, iOS (although creating apps for this system requires a Mac) and Windows from the C # language, the .NET Framework and around go.
Due to the robustness and practicality platform, Microsoft had been flirting with Xamarin for some time. In an attempt to simplify the development of solutions involving its products, the company has even integrate the platform to Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, for example.
This partnership made the class Satya Nadella announced last month the acquisition of Xamarin for an undisclosed amount, but it was estimated to be between $ 400 million and $ 500 million.
The news of the acquisition soon brought then an expectation: that Microsoft put the Xamarin platform as a standard Visual Studio tool. Basically, this is what will happen from now on: the Xamarin will be available in all editions of Visual Studio, the Community Edition to the Enterprise at no extra cost.
What ‘s more, is also in Microsoft’s plans provide the Xamarin SDK source code openly (under MIT license). This work should take some time, but when the release is complete, libraries, build tools and the like are available on GitHub and, as expected, the NET Foundation, an initiative that Microsoft has set up two years ago to promote open source software.
It is true that the administration of Satya Nadella has given some pretty ugly slips lately, but should not be the case here: the Xamarin platform was always appreciated, but their licensing costs drove away small companies or individual developers interested in creating professional applications. They are very big chances that this will change going forward.