Build 2016: Microsoft open-sources Xamarin Runtime

Vu Anh Nguyen


Build 2016 is all about developers, with Microsoft’s best minds taking about the company’s coolest projects and visions. Microsoft just turned that developer focus up to eleven by making Xamarin free for all Visual Studios users. But wait, there’s more: Redmond is also embracing the openness approach with Xamarin. Yep, you heard it right, Xamarin Core is now open sourced.

Xamarin is a cross-platform development platform that allows you to develop for Windows, iOS and Android all from a Windows PC. With Microsoft’s purchase of the company, the platform is now completely integrated into Visual Studio, itself being an excellent development tool from Microsoft.

The fact that Microsoft not only makes it free, but opening the source codes is unprecedented for the company, and completely in the open trend it has been showing as of late. Now Xamarin will be available to anyone to develop for any OS. Xamarin being open-source also means that the .NET library is now completely open-source.

If these moves do not get jaded developers to take another look at Windows development, we don’t know what would. The on-site positive response should confirm that sentiment.

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