Microsoft has made major strides to take its development tools out of a Windows-only world, both for the applications you can create and the platforms they run on.

The open source .Net development tools that Microsoft got when it acquired Xamarin two years ago are key to Microsoft’s cross-platform transformation.That transformation is very much evident today, with much of the Xamarin’s tools folded into Microsoft’s Visual Studio development platform over the last year, and its MacOS Xamarin Studio rebranded as Visual Studio for Mac with additional features for working with Azure and .Net Core.[ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | First look: Visual Studio for Mac. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]
To support Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s focus on an “intelligent cloud and intelligent edge” mission, Xamarin’s cross-platform development strategy is key to delivering the edge elements of that vision. Microsoft’s mobile strategy has pivoted away from its own Windows Mobile OS (at least for now), and the company is now concentrating on delivering applications for the previously alien platforms iOS and Android.
It’s a shift that also means bringing its developer ecosystem to new platforms – especially if it’s to deliver on its Project Rome vision of applications and content that migrate from device to device, letting your work follow you wherever you go.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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