Xamarin unveils .NET-based mobile development platform


Xamarin announced the launch of MonoTouch and Mono for
Android from the Xamarin web store.


Through an agreement with SUSE, a business unit of the
Attachmate Group, Xamarin has a broad, perpetual license to all intellectual
property covering Mono, MonoTouch, Mono for Android and Mono Tools for Visual


Xamarin will also provide technical
support to SUSE customers using Mono-based products and assume stewardship of
the Mono open source project.


Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to
use their existing code, libraries and tools as well as skills in .NET and the
C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most
widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets,
iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.


“The confluence of transformations taking place
today in both front-end client devices and back-end cloud services is expected
to lead to healthy growth in application development technologies,” said
Al Hilwa, research director, Application Development Software, IDC.


Xamarin’s development products simplify mobile
application development by allowing developers to use .NET and C# to write
cross-platform apps that take full advantage of the unique native capabilities
of the underlying platform.


“Our mission is to make it fast, easy and fun to
build great mobile apps, whether for individual consumers or for
enterprises,” said Nat Friedman, founder and CEO, Xamarin.


“Since the introduction of MonoTouch in 2009,
developers have experienced how Mono can streamline mobile application
development. Xamarin will continue to innovate to deliver incredible
experiences to iOS and Android developers,” Friedman added.


Xamarin engineers are already at work on stability
improvements and performance optimizations, and maintenance updates will be
released to customers imminently.  


Additionally, a number of major improvements for
MonoTouch and Mono for Android, including support for iOS 5, Xcode 4 and
Android Honeycomb, will be released in the coming months.


MonoTouch, Mono for Android and Mono Tools for Visual
Studio customers will receive support and updates directly from Xamarin for the
remainder of their subscription period.  


Xamarin introduces a priority support option for mobile
products. Customers who upgrade to MonoTouch Enterprise Priority and Mono for
Android Enterprise Priority will receive access to the priority support queue
and a guaranteed response time.


Xamarin will also assume stewardship of the Mono,
MonoDevelop and Moonlight open source projects. In addition, the agreement with
SUSE ensures current and future SUSE (formerly Novell) customers hosting
applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension application server will
continue to receive full commercial support for their platform from SUSE,
backed by Xamarin.


“We are very pleased to enter into this agreement
with Xamarin because our customers deserve nothing less than the brightest team
of experts to provide ongoing maintenance and support for our commercial Mono
products,” said Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager, SUSE.


By Telecomlead.com Team
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