Microsoft joins Xamarin Evolve as Sole Platinum Sponsor

Something that has eluded many, is that there is actually an active cooperation between Xamarin – makers of MonoTouch and Mono for Android – and Microsoft. Some has felt, that the Xamarin initiative is a pure indie movement – something you cannot use in a commercial environment for some reason or another. Because of this, I was delighted to hear, that Microsoft is officially sponsoring Xamarin’s first worldwide developer conference – the Xamarin Evolve – that will take place Austin, Texas on April 14th 17th, 2013.

The fact of the matter is, that Xamarin and Microsoft has worked very closely together for the past year, to ensure the success of the .NET developer community. Partnering with the Visual Studio division and the Azure Mobile Services group, Xamarin was able to ship support for Android development in Visual Studio on launch day and ensure that the Azure Mobile Services worked on Xamarin’s supported platforms as well.

Adding to that, Xamarin’s latest announcement of extended support for iOS development in Visual Studio significantly lowers the barrier of entry for Windows developers that are already savvy in the mobile sphere, perhaps from having puttered with Windows Phone.

To quote Nat Friedman: “Together, Xamarin and Microsoft bring C# to 2.2 billion devices”. As a .NET developer, this is amazing! Your skills are current and valuable. Now, get coding!

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