MS + Xamarin = C#

This morning in New York City Xamarin was proud to be on stage with Microsoft at the Visual Studio 2013 launch event, demonstrating how Xamarin and Microsoft enable developers to write beautiful, native apps for iOS, Android and Windows in C#.

For years we have been working hard to bring the world’s most productive language to all the devices used by billions of people around the world. Today, we are excited to announce a historic partnership with Microsoft (press release).

This is a major endorsement of Xamarin by Microsoft and we are thrilled to be working together with the creators of C#.

As a first step in our collaboration we are announcing three big wins for C# developers:

  1. Truly Portable Class Libraries –  Portable Class Library (PCL) projects are now fully supported on both iOS and Android, making it easier than ever for C# developers to share code across devices. You can now keep common code in a single project, referenceable from any iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Windows Store project – all within a single solution. PCL project references even enable you to seamlessly step back-and-forth between PCL and platform-specific projects.

  1. Support for Visual Studio 2013 – Xamarin and Microsoft are now working together to deliver the best possible mobile development experience in Visual Studio 2013, spanning iOS, Android and Windows. Today we released significant improvements to our Visual Studio extensions, as well as support for Visual Studio 2013. This is just the start, and we have a lot more in store, so stay tuned!

  1. Special offers for MSDN Subscribers – We’ve worked with Microsoft to create some awesome special offers for MSDN subscribers, including special pricing on new purchases of Xamarin, an extended 90-day trial (enough time to write the next Instagram or billion-dollar Enterprise app from scratch!), and free training from our newly announced Xamarin University. Claim your MSDN benefits today.

Tomorrow we are kicking off a 20-city road show with the Windows Azure and Visual Studio teams to get the word out that developing native cross platform mobile apps with C# has never been easier. We hope to see you there.

And for an introduction to Native App Development with Xamarin, and a demonstration of Portable Class Libraries in action, watch this webinar from our own developer evangelist, James Montemagno.

This is a start of a new chapter for mobile development. We are very excited to see the apps that you build, and can’t wait to unveil all the new features that will come from this collaboration between Xamarin and Microsoft. Stay tuned!