Xamarin, which allows C# and .NET developers to built native Android and iOS apps, is now bundled with all versions of Visual Studio. Yes, that includes the free Community Edition — and Microsoft announced a Community Edition will be available on OS X, too.The move, announced at Microsoft’s Build developer’s conference in San Francisco, happens just one month after Microsoft bought Xamarin. It means developers can in theory build Windows, Android, and iOS apps using the same codebase.This announcement also shores up an apparent hole in Microsoft’s development plan that appeared since last BUILD. In 2015, the company announced plans for an Android development bridge (code named “Project Astoria”), but it never materialized.Xamarin, before the Microsoft buyout, offered a free version of its software, but the free version was limited to small executables. Most developers needed to buy an expensive license to seriously use the software, meaning … [Read more...] about Developers cheer as Microsoft takes Xamarin cross-platform development free, open-source
As the role of mobile devices in people’s everyday lives expand further, mobile app developers have become the source of power for software innovation. And as Microsoft buys Xamarin, it takes another step to enable greater opportunity for developers and innovation. It delivers best experiences to all developers, on any device, with the help of open platform, powerful tools and a global cloud.Xamarin is a leading provider for mobile app development founded by Nat Friedman (CEO) and Miguel de Icaza (CTO) that combines with Visual Studio to enable developers to build mobile app using C# and produce fully native mobile app experiences to devices that use different platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows. The company’s approach allows developers to benefit from the power of .NET to create mobile apps, and using C# to involve full set of native APIs as well as mobile capabilities provided by each device platform. This enables developers to easily share general app code across … [Read more...] about Microsoft finally acquires Xamarin to expand its empire
Dropbox is one of the best known file hosting and sharing services, particularly on smartphones. There are now 175 million Dropbox users around the world. But Dropbox is beginning to go through some big changes. It still plans to store your photos, videos, and files, but its eyes are fixed on a much larger target now: it wants to store and sync information used by apps. The possibilities are massive for Dropbox, and even cooler for us.By getting apps to start using Dropbox to store cloud-based data, Dropbox could effectively become the hub for all your digital needs. It could be the link between all your information whenever you switch devices. It will be able to sync all of your data between different devices (tablets, phones, etc) you use, regardless of whether they run Android or iOS, and all with the minimum of input from you.If this sounds familiar, it’s because similar services already exist, including Apple’s iCloud and Windows SkyDrive, but Dropbox is not tied to a … [Read more...] about Can Dropbox succeed where iCloud has failed?
Red Hat on Thursday announced that it will acquire FeedHenry as part of a stepped-up initiative to support mobile application development."Given the sheer number of mobile phones out there and the sheer adoption in the market at large of mobile technologies, our customers and prospects and target customer base are moving more and more toward mobile -- if not as a primary platform then as a major one for supporting enterprise applications," said Mike Piech, Red Hat's general manager for middleware.In pursuit of its own mobile strategy, Red Hat "wanted to go much broader and faster," Piech told LinuxInsider.An acquisition is often a good way to do that, he noted. "We found kindred spirits at FeedHenry, with lots of complementarity on a number of dimensions."FeedHenry, founded in 2010, offers a cloud-based enterprise mobile application platform that enables customers to design, develop, deploy and manage applications for mobile devices, with a focus on extending enterprise systems to … [Read more...] about Red Hat Slurps Up FeedHenry
Windows 8 is on its way. In fact, it's already here, in a manner of speaking. Microsoft recently released what it called a "consumer preview" version of the OS.When the final versions arrive, it will finally give Microsoft a leg up in the tablet market. That might take a bite out of the market share Android has managed to scratch out in tablets. It could also offer an attractive alternative to pricier iPads.But the new line of Windows 8-based tablets might see its biggest impact on the larger use of tablets in the workplace. As more consumers adopt tablets to supplement or replace their notebook computers, they bring them into the work environment. That has put pressure on enterprise IT to find better ways to use tablets at work.Specialized industries such as inventory control and healthcare have more successfully integrated tablets into their operations. But these dedicated devices do not necessarily display a recognizable Android or iOS face. Mainstream enterprise relies on … [Read more...] about Android Tablets and Windows 8: Let the Games Begin
After such a tempestuous year as 2011 has been, it's hard to imagine a more dramatic way for it to go out with a "bang" than with HP's recent announcement about webOS.Yes, for those who missed it, HP finally ended months of indecision by announcing that it plans to open-source the Linux-based mobile operating system, thereby giving it a chance at a new life in the hands of the community.Linux software? Open source? Community control? Sounds like a good thing, right?If only it were that clear.Skepticism is rampantis rampant, and little else has been on Linux bloggers' minds since the news arrived. "This will fly," enthused blogger Robert Pogson down at the blogosphere's Mealy Apple Cafe."HP was foolish to drop it so quickly, but the world can make use of it," Pogson added. "Because it's GNU/Linux instead of Android/Linux, performance will be a bit better, so this could improve performance on some ARMed clients and be amazing on x86 clients."What separates webOS from many other distros … [Read more...] about LINUX BLOG SAFARI WebOS: Destined to Fail, or Fuel for FLOSS’ Fire?
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it has reached an agreement to acquireXamarin, a platform provider for mobile app development.Xamarin's platform will be used in conjunction with Microsoft's Visual Studio, enabling developers to build apps using C# to deliver fully native mobile app experiences across platforms, including Android and iOS, said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president for the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft.Its technology could further allow developers to take advantage of the productivity of .Net in building apps that utilize C# to write a full set of native APIs, he added.Xamarin, which was launched in 2011 and employs more than 350 people, has more than 15,000 customers in 120 countries. Its relationship with Microsoft already has allowed for Xamarin integration into Visual Studios, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and the Enterprise Mobility Suite.Microsoft will provide more information on how Xamarin's platform will be utilized at the Microsoft Build … [Read more...] about Microsoft Buys Xamarin to Boost Cross-Platform Development
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney last week called on Microsoft to remove the walls it's building around the Windows Store with its Universal Windows Platform initiative.The problem is that it is impossible to install and update UWP apps from third-party publishers outside of the Windows Store, he wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian.It is possible to turn on support for sideloading of third-party apps by flipping on a switch inside Windows 10's user interface, Sweeney acknowledged. However, Microsoft, through one of its mandatory Windows 10 updates, could remove the option to support apps that haven't been approved and accepted into the Windows Store.The Universal Windows Platform system won't gain support from the heavyweights in PC game and app development unless Microsoft opens up the Windows Store, he said.That would entail enabling users to download UWP apps from the Web without warnings about venturing outside Microsoft's walled garden, Sweeney added.Opening UWP would allow … [Read more...] about Epic Games Founder Rails Against Microsoft’s Walled Garden
While not quite at the level of a parting of the waters, the news that Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation may seem miraculous to those aware of the past enmity between the company and the open source community.Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a platinum member, it announced Wednesday at its Microsoft Connect conference in New York.Google has joined the .Net foundation, Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, also told attendees. Further, Microsoft and Samsung Electronics have joined forces to allow .NET developers build apps for millions of Samsung devices.The first demo during the Connect conference was with Visual Studio Code, which has attracted more than 1 million developers, Guthrie said -- a sign of how the company has embraced open source.The number of people who created their first GitHub repository has doubled in the past year from 5,000 to 10,000 per day, GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath told attendees."More and more, we're … [Read more...] about Microsoft Goes All In for Linux
Microsoft this week announced at its Connect conference in New York City an expansion of its developer tools with a focus on Linux, Android and open source.The move is an effort to help close the gap between Microsoft's developer platforms and the open source world.The programs involve free access for developers who are just getting started, a new subscription to Microsoft services, a marketplace for extensions, updates to .NET, and the renaming of Visual Studio Online."The role of developers has changed a lot in the last five to seven years," said John Montgomery, director of program management for Microsoft.One key change -- bring your own device in enterprises -- requires developers to be able to target iOS and Android phones alongside Windows desktops, he told LinuxInsider. Also, a lot of Microsoft Azure cloud development is happening on Linux.The Visual Studio lineup is adapting to this changing landscape. Microsoft is making it easier for developers to use a familiar, powerful … [Read more...] about Microsoft Doubles Down on Open Source