Just earlier today, we covered Microsoft's acquisition of Xamarin, a company that makes a suite of tools dedicated to helping mobile developers through the creation and maintenance of their apps. Xamarin has been around for a while and touts over 15,000 big-name clients from all corners of the business world, from massive corporations like Coca Cola to Supergiant Games, developers of the indie masterpiece Transistor. In his announcement of the acquisition, Scott Guthrie (Executive vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise group) seemed excited about the purchase - but he's not the only one.
Nat Friedman, the CEO and co-founder of Xamarin, put out a blog post on the Xamarin website today to express his own ambitions with the new acquisition, explaining how he feels that the new direction that Xamarin is taking with Microsoft is a "perfect fit," and that "This acquisition is a new beginning for Xamarin—the company and its products—and is an opportunity to help many, many more developers build great apps."
Friedman also provides some interesting information the Xamarin, that helps to put the acuisition into some additional context:
We founded Xamarin more than 4 years ago with the mission to make native mobile development fast, easy, and fun and to help C# developers build beautiful mobile apps and reach billions of devices. We love the native iOS, Android, and Mac APIs and we love C#, and this acquisition is an ideal next step for us and for our customers.
Since we started Xamarin in 2011, the company has grown to more than 350 people around the world, thousands of customers, and tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue. We have created amazing products to help developers build, test, and monitor their apps. Our company has thrived and I am so proud of what this team has accomplished.
After any acquisition, it usually falls to the CEO to at least feign their support for the decision. In this case, however, it seems like Nat has every right to be excited about the future of Xamarin with Microsoft. As Scott Guthrie mentioned in his own blog post:
The combination of Xamarin, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure provides a complete mobile app dev solution that provides everything you need to develop, test, deliver and instrument mobile apps for every device.
That sort of synergy is something that any honest developers would jump at the chance to provide their customers, and with the significance that Xamarin has already had on the mobile market, this acquisition should be delivering more opportunities than ever to help developers create good products--and that means that we, the consumers, are going to be treated to an even better future on mobile.