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What A Microsoft Xamarin Buy Would Mean
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J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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3/31/2014 | 11:24:54 PM
Re: Xamarin is awesome
I think your idea of killing it off or absorbing parts of it are more likely.
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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3/24/2014 | 7:13:28 PM
Re: Xamarin is awesome
Noooooo!

Quick, lets pool our money and buy them out first! Where is my KickStarter login info?
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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3/24/2014 | 7:11:11 PM
Re: Xamarin is awesome
Unfortunately, if Microsoft does acquire Xamarin, I suspect it will end up being made more useful for building Microsoft software than for building software on other platforms. 
Somedude8
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Somedude8,
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3/24/2014 | 12:56:30 PM
Xamarin is awesome
I LOVE Xamarin, and think this could be a good move.

UNLESS... MS decides to kill off Xamarin proper in favor of absorbing it in to its other existing products. Its not hard to imagine MS absorbing parts of the Xamarin GUI in to Visual Studio, and extending the actual .NET framework with some of the mobile specific classes that are in use behind the scenes. I fear that the end result would lose all of what makes Xamarin so cool right now.

Another aspect that could get weird is the whole Mono thing, which Xamarin uses. Would they replace the underlying Mono framework with the real .NET classes and extend Xamarin to use all the .NET classes instead of the subset that Mono replicates?

More I think about it, the more this makes me, as a Xamarin fan, nervous.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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3/24/2014 | 12:10:48 PM
Reality-based Decision
This seems like a smart move for Microsoft that can only help Windows on mobile devices, and a benefit for developers. Hopefully it will also put pressure on Apple and Google to tolerate cross-platform compliation capabilities -- though I doubt anyone is holding their breath waiting for that to happen. Neither has Microsoft's incentive of being in a distant third place.


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