In the few months since Microsoft acquired Xamarin, Scott Guthrie and Nat Friedman have laid out our roadmap that builds on the complementary strengths in mobile development and cloud services that made our companies great partners for years. Microsoft is excited to report that Visual Studio with Xamarin plus Azure is working. They have already seen a massive upswing in developer participation, and they’re receiving validation from outside the developer community, as well.
Yesterday, Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. The designation reflects the fact that Microsoft’s Mobile Application Development Platform vision has expanded dramatically, evidenced by the Xamarin integration, enhancements to Azure App Service, and improved mobile DevOps capabilities.
Over the past year Microsoft has made incredible progress toward their vison of “Any developer, any app, any platform.” Developers need to balance the efficiency of a full-stack solution with the flexibility to use the languages, tools and services they know and work best for their situation. Microsoft is pleased to see the growing industry recognition of their unique approach to mobility: Microsoft is truly the only company with a complete solution for every app, every developer and every platform, but they still allow you the flexibility to let you work your way.
Microsoft is working to fundamentally transform the way developers build and maintain apps. And while the journey is far from over, they’re honored by Gartner’s validation of what they’ve done so far, and Microsoft would like to call out some of the reasons they think they did so: