Xamarin launches major update to its cross-platform development tools
Xamarin, the cross-platform development platform Microsoft recently acquired, is holding its annual developer conference today. No developer conference would be complete without a large number of announcements and Xamarin — almost as if to show that the Microsoft acquisition hasn’t stalled its momentum — is launching updates to almost all of the core features of its platform today.
Indeed, as Xamarin’s former CEO and co-founder (and now Microsoft employee) Nat Friedman told me, the service has seen its downloads increase massively since the acquisition — and it surely doesn’t hurt that Xamarin is now available for free in a Community edition. Friedman says downloads were up three and a half times in the last two weeks since the company announced its new pricing plan compared to the full month before the announcement.
Some of Xamarin’s launches today were previously announced at Microsoft’s Build conference. Xamarin is open-sourcing its SDKs for Android, iOS and…
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