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.
We created Xamarin because we knew there had to be a better way – a better way to design apps, to develop apps, to integrate apps, to test apps and more. We’re developers, so we know what developers want from mobile app development software: a modern programming language, code sharing across all platforms, prebuilt backend connectors and no-compromise native user interfaces.
Comparing Microsoft Visual Studio vs Xamarin is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Microsoft Visual Studio has more user-friendly interface than Xamarin because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Xamarin is more popular than Microsoft Visual Studio

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Xamarin now lets run and test iOS apps directly from Windows (in 2017)
- Microsoft's development platform Xamarin integrates with Visual Studio (in 2016)
- Microsoft acquired mobile development service Xamarin (in 2016)
- Xamarin improves its mobile app development platform (in 2015)
- Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2015 (in 2015)
- Microsoft Visual Studio will allow to transform Android and iOS apps to Windows apps (in 2015)
- Microsoft launched Visual Studio for OS X and Linux (in 2015)
- Microsoft simplifies Visual Studio pricing for Enterprise (in 2015)
- Microsoft launches free Visual Studio for small teams (in 2014)

Looks like Microsoft Visual Studio was recently more active than Xamarin (at least in our news).