Microsoft Announces Visual Studio for Mac at Build Conference

Posted May 13, 2017

VentureBeat reported earlier today that "At Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, its biggest Visual Studio news wasn't even for its own platform: Visual Studio 2017 for Mac has hit general availability (download here, requires OS X El Capitan 10.11 or higher)". Behind the scenes, the Live Player includes an interpreter for.NET code. The application will be deployed in seconds to the Live Player app, enabling developers to quickly develop and test their changes without having to recompile and redeploy your application. While this should streamline the development process, it's worth noting that a Mac is still required to submit an app to the App Store.

Eliminating the need to have a physical Mac in their environment makes iOS app development easier for developers on Windows, said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of research firm Moor Insights and Strategy in Austin, Texas. Xamarin Live Player removes that requirement and instead asks you for an iPhone and Visual Studio 2017 for Windows.

Microsoft states on their Visual Studio website: "We are happy to announce the release of Visual Studio 2017 for Mac".

"The real benefit here is you should be able to write, test and debug an iOS app much quicker", Moorhead said.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 for Mac is also equipped with a "Solution Run Configuration" feature that allows developers to launch multiple projects simultaneously. Developers can now use Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE) across Windows and Mac to build for the cloud, mobile, and the web. But Xamarin lets developers write an application one time and port it to multiple OSes, including iOS, Google Android, Windows and macOS.

Here's another way to look at Xamarin Live Player.

To enable this new functionality, developers have to install the Xamarin Live Player app on their iOS device and then pair it to their PC by scanning a QR code on their screen.

Xamarin Live Player allows developers to simply download an Android or iOS app and start coding.