It's the second day of Microsoft annual developer conference, and Microsoft has just announced that its Xamarin cross-platform development tool will now be free with Visual Studio. Microsoft bought Xamarin, a leading cross-platform provider for mobile app development a month ago.
This is big news for developers as this new Xamarin integration will help make Visual Studio the best place to build apps for all client platforms. Microsoft explained the news in this announcement:
The integration of Xamarin into Microsoft’s developer tools takes us one step further towards enabling our vision of supporting “any developer, any app, any platform.” With Xamarin you can create fully native apps for Android, iOS, and Windows using the power and productivity of Microsoft’s development tools and services. Together, these and Azure backend services create a comprehensive solution that spans every phase of the mobile development cycle.