Microsoft Visual Studio vs Xamarin

Microsoft Visual Studio
Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. Visual Studio is a comprehensive collection of developer tools and services to help you create apps for the Microsoft platform and beyond.
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Latest news about Microsoft Visual Studio and Xamarin:

12.05.17. Xamarin now lets run and test iOS apps directly from Windows. Untill now Microsoft’s Xamarin already allowed to develop iOS applications in Visual Studio but they still needed a Mac to build and test apps. But with the new Xamarin Live Player, they can deploy, run, test and debug iOS apps directly from a Windows PC that runs Visual Studio. To enable this new functionality, developers have to install the Xamarin Live Player app on their iOS device and then pair it to their PC by scanning a QR code on their screen. With this, Microsoft is closing the loop for most developers and is getting a step closer to its goal of positioning Windows 10 as the preferred operating system for cross-platform development.

03.05.16. Microsoft's development platform Xamarin integrates with Visual Studio. Xamarin, the cross-platform development platform Microsoft recently acquired, launched updates to almost all of the core features of its platform. Xamarin is open-sourcing its SDKs for Android, iOS and Mac under the MIT license. These SDKs include the command-line tools for building applications, as well as Xamarin’s cross-platform Xamarin.Forms UI framework. The Xamarin IDE (for Mac), though, will remain closed-source for now. A lot of the new functionality is coupled to Microsoft’s tools, especially Visual Studio. iOS developers who want to code in C#, for example, can now use Xamarin’s iOS Simulator right from Visual Studio on Windows (though the simulator itself still has to run on a networked Mac and Visual Studio essentially creates a remote connection to it). In addition, Visual Studio/Xamarin users can now deploy apps to iOS devices that are plugged into the Windows machine’s USB port right from Visual Studio, too.

25.02.16. Microsoft acquired mobile development service Xamarin. Microsoft acquired Xamarin, the service that allows developers to build fully native apps across several platforms from a single shared code base. Microsoft and Xamarin have worked closely together since a global partnership was announced in 2013 to make it more simple for mobile developers to build native apps on platforms in Visual Studio. This acquisition will allow Microsoft to greatly improve its own set of a developer tools and help spur development of mobile and Universal apps for Windows 10 devices. The combination of Xamarin, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure will provide a complete mobile app dev solution - everything you need to develop, test, deliver and instrument mobile apps for every device.

20.11.15. Xamarin improves its mobile app development platform. Xamarin, the C#-centric cross-platform mobile app development platform, has launched the new version of its service. With this update, the company is launching a number of new features across its portfolio of tools, which now range from frameworks and emulators to a mobile app testing service and analytics. The overall theme is to simplify the service and to provide developers with a more integrated experience across Xamarin’s growing number of tools and services. This, for example, means Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio users can now call up tests on the Xamarin Test Cloud right from their IDEs. Similarly, the code for implementing the Xamarin Insights app monitoring service for tracking down performance issues (and crashes) is now automatically integrated into project templates. With this update, the company is also making Insights generally available.

22.07.15. Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2015. Microsoft officially launched the latest version of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) together with an update to its .NET framework. Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015) is now available for download (and purchase). Microsoft also released a couple of new download numbers for various tools in the Visual Studio ecosystem. Visual Studio Community, for example, the much-improved free version of the software for non-enterprise users, has now been downloaded 5 million times since its launch seven months ago. More than 3.2 million developers have now registered for the Visual Studio Online services. Visual Studio Code, the standalone code editor for Windows, Mac and Linux, has seen half a million downloads since its launch three months ago. More than half of those downloads came from Mac and Linux users. Visual Studio also integrated Apache Cordova, so developers can write iOS and Android apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

05.05.15. Microsoft Visual Studio will allow to transform Android and iOS apps to Windows apps. Microsoft that is suffering from a chronic shortage of applications on its Windows Phone and Windows 8.x platforms, announced that developers will be able to more easily bring their Android applications to Windows devices. The company said developers will be able to “reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code from an Android phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10.” Developers will also be able to recycle their Objective-C apps for iOS using new tools in Visual Studio. Microsoft also announced that web developers will now be able to bring their web apps and traditional Windows desktop apps to the Windows Store. Until now, developers could have their regular Windows apps featured in the store, but the actual purchase had to happen on the developer’s site. Now they can be installed right from the store.

30.04.15. Microsoft launched Visual Studio for OS X and Linux. At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. This marks the first time that Microsoft offers developers a true cross-platform code editor. The full Visual Studio is still Windows-only, but today’s announcement shows the company’s commitment to supporting other platforms. Visual Studio Code offers developers built-in support for multiple languages and as Microsoft noted in today’s Build keynote, the editor will feature rich code assistance and navigation for all of these languages. JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js and ASP.NET 5 developers will also get a set of additional tools. The editor features all of the standard tools you would expect from a modern code editor, including syntax highlighting, customizable keyboard bindings, bracket matching and snippets.

01.04.15. Microsoft simplifies Visual Studio pricing for Enterprise. Microsoft is going to consolidate its Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate offerings for enterprises into a single product when it launch Visual Studio 2015 later this year. Now called Visual Studio Enterprise With MSDN, this new version will include all of the features developers were getting with Visual Studio Ultimate (IntelliTrace in production, CodeLens support, etc.). It’s also dropping the price of this new Enterprise version to slightly below the old price of the Premium edition. Enterprise with MSDN will now cost $5,999 for the first year and $2,569 for subsequent years (the old price for Premium was $6,119 for the first year and $2,569 from then on). That’s a 55 percent price drop for current Ultimate subscribers. The price of Visual Studio Pro, the company’s offering for individuals and smaller teams, will remain at $1,199 for the first year and $799 for renewals.

13.11.14. Microsoft launches free Visual Studio for small teams. Microsoft launched the Community edition of Visual Studio IDE, which essentially replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version the company has been offering for a few years now. It’s basically a full version of Visual Studio with no restrictions, except that you can’t use it in an enterprise setting and for teams with more than five people. The shift that’s happening here is Visual Studio is basically going freemium. Microsoft has now built a set of online tools around Visual Studio Online that it believes people will pay for. The Visual Studio IDE is now the gateway into the rest of that ecosystem and the more developers Microsoft can get onto that platform, the more will also want to use the rest of the company’s (paid) toolset through subscriptions to MSDN and other channels.