.Net goes Open Source, Free Visual Studio Application, Develop Android Mobile Apps in Visual Studio

Thought of sharing announcements related to .Net product which happened at the connect Conference which is a Microsoft Developer Event.

1 ) Microsoft announced that .NET will go open source – this means developers can write .NET applications that can now run on Linux and OS X, just like Java. There is already an open source initiative called Project Mono (http://www.mono-project.com/) to do this, and Microsoft is working with Xamarin (http://xamarin.com/), the company behind Project Mono to make the open source transition. This will not happen all at once, but will be done gradually. Nevertheless, it’s a big change, so read more about it from the following links:

2 )The second was the launch of a free Visual Studio edition, called Visual Studio Community Edition. This basically replaces the earlier, free Express edition, but this is full featured and not limited like Express. However, it can be used only by students, open source contributors and not for enterprise, production use. More information at:

3 ) Another interesting piece was that the new edition of Visual Studio now comes with an Android emulator – this means that Microsoft wants developers to use Visual Studio to create Android applications!


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