In a highly strategic move, Microsoft has acquired the leading mobile app development platform, Xamarin. Developers can now leverage this platform together with Microsoft Visual Studio for building cross platform mobile apps with C# while retaining native user experience.
With the acquisition of Xamarin by Microsoft, Enterprises focusing on Cross-platform Mobile App Development can expect these seven distinctive benefits:
Excellent tool for cross-platform development that you can use with Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio to get all the advantages of modern and powerful IDEs. This will boost a development process
Create high performance compiled code with full access to all the native APIs
Ability to retail native UI across all three platforms
Enables developers to add high-quality components to the mobile app directly from your IDE
Portable Class libraries to share the same code base across multiple projects
Seamless API integration capability
Easy collaboration and sharing across UI controls, cross platform libraries, and 3rd party web services
When you build your apps on Xamarin, you use the same language, APIs and data structures to share an average of 80% of app code across all mobile development platforms. This app logic is easily shared across multiple platforms.
Portable Class libraries or PCL makes it very easy for developers to share the same code base across different projects. The developers have to write the code and libraries once and they can be shared across iOS, Android and Windows Phone. You can use popular Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) like SQLite, Json.NET, or ReactiveUI on every platform.
Xamarin eliminates the need of managing different teams for specific platforms. Your can leverage advantages of Xamarin Studio or Xamarin libraries with Visual Studio. You can use Xamarin to leverage your existing mobile app code base too. Apps written in Java or Objective-C are easily transitioned to C# where they can gain a market traction.
Xamarin Component Store allows adding high-quality components to your app directly from your IDE, including controls, web service APIs and more. You can integrate popular backends such as Microsoft Azure, Parse, Salesforce, and SAP, as well as add powerful security features such as authentication and encryption.
Xamarin.Forms is an API which helps in building user interface code that can be shared across iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps using 100% shared C#. Xamarin.Forms includes more than 40 controls and layouts, which are mapped to native controls at runtime.
Cross-platform mobile app development is definitely the need of the hour. Popular platforms, including Windows, Android and iOS are prevalent in almost every industrial sector viz., logistics, manufacturing, automotive, entertainment and media and more. With this acquisition, they can expect the above benefits and more for deploying game-changing solutions.