Microsoft hints at bringing Visual Studio to macOS, launch date unknown

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Developer, Microsoft, News, Software

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It’s a sign of both Microsoft and Apple growing up to the point that they’re sharing development tools for each other’s platforms.

Microsoft has announced that it will be launching Visual Studio, its primary coding interface, for macOS. This has been a long time coming, but it’ll allow developers to easily write for platform-independent cloud services like Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Amazon Web Services.

The software is based on app development platform Xamarin Studio, and the change could encourage Mac and iOS developers to make more apps for Windows, as these users will no longer have to buy a Windows computer or set up a virtual machine to access Visual Studio.


Microsoft made a similar announcement earlier this year when the company announced it would be adding native support for Linux command line Bash to Windows for the first time ever.

A preview of the software will be unveiled at Microsoft’s Connect developer event later this week. For more information including technical details, head over to Microsoft’s blog post announcing the news.

The company has pulled the original announcement post, so it’s hard to say when Visual Studio for macOS will hit.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via The Verge and msdn.microsoft.com

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