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What Microsoft's Acquisition of Xamarin Means for Enterprise Mobile App Development and Management

Published: 08 June 2016

ID: G00302815

Analyst(s): Jason Wong , David Smith , Manjunath Bhat , Marty Resnick

Summary

Microsoft acquired its longtime partner Xamarin in March 2016. This acquisition has significant implications for the mobile app development and management capabilities of the Microsoft software stack — implications that mobile app development and operations leaders must consider.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Microsoft's acquisition of Xamarin will enable mobile app developers to develop "universal apps" that are applicable beyond Windows, thereby making its offering more competitive in the mobile developer ecosystem
  • Microsoft's inclusion of Xamarin technology in Visual Studio at no extra charge, and its open-sourcing of several pieces of core Xamarin technology, should encourage mobile app developers to adopt .NET
  • Microsoft's integration of Xamarin Insights and Xamarin Test Cloud into its developer toolchain should mean that development teams interested in mobile DevOps receive better support
  • Microsoft will enhance Xamarin components to make it easier for developers to add mobile app management capabilities natively to any Xamarin app using Microsoft's Intune App SDK

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