Xamarin has been writing on Mono-powered .NET software for Android and iOS, including their Xamarin Studio IDE. What they have been doing rather well is bringing Microsoft’s .NET to other platforms.
It was formed by Miguel de Icaza in 2011 after his earlier Mono-focused company, Ximian, was acquired by Novell but then the Mono developers were let go when Novell was acquired by Attachmate.
Scott Guthrie, the VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, announced the acquisition this morning. He writing in his bog he said Microsoft has had a longstanding partnership with Xamarin, and have jointly built Xamarin integration into Visual Studio, Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility Suite to provide developers with an end-to-end workflow for native, secure apps across platforms.
“With today’s acquisition announcement we will be taking this work much further to make our world class developer tools and services even better with deeper integration and enable seamless mobile app dev experiences. The combination of Xamarin, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure delivers a complete mobile app dev solution that provides everything a developer needs to develop, test, deliver and instrument mobile apps for every device. We are really excited to see what you build with it,” he said.