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Microsoft and Xamarin Collaborate to Establish .NET Foundation

MICROSOFT BUILD CONFERENCE -- Xamarin today announced that the company is joining forces with Microsoft to support the newly established, independent .NET Foundation. The .NET Foundation will foster development and collaboration efforts for the growing collection of open source .NET technologies. Over six million C# developers, including Xamarin's growing community of over 570,000 mobile developers, will benefit from the increased visibility, community participation and rapid innovation that the Foundation will foster. As part of the launch, Xamarin’s cofounder and CTO Miguel de Icaza will join the .NET Foundation as a founding board member, and Xamarin will contribute six projects to the Foundation.

"Xamarin’s participation in the formation of an independent .NET Foundation will help us collectively support the collaborative and inventive spirit we see from developers,” said S. Somasegar, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corp. Developer Division. “Working together to support open source technologies will help our joint .NET developer communities innovate faster.”

As of its founding the .NET Foundation will have 25 .NET open source projects under its stewardship, including Microsoft’s newly announced .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) and the ASP.NET family of open source projects. Xamarin is contributing six projects to the foundation, including MimeKit and MailKit — robust cross-platform email libraries optimized for mobile. Additionally, Xamarin announced that Roslyn functionality will be incorporated into their mobile developer platform, enabling Xamarin developers to leverage Roslyn APIs to programmatically access C#.

“In Xamarin’s work to help .NET developers go mobile, we've experienced first hand the .NET developer community's passion for open source, through their contributions, as well as the significant number of open source libraries available in the Xamarin Component Store,” said Nat Friedman, co-founder and CEO, Xamarin. “Working with Microsoft as part of the .NET Foundation will help foster innovation faster for our joint developer communities.”

With the rise of enterprise mobility, BYOD and the consumerization of IT, enterprises are focused on building apps for connected devices and services, and a primary goal of the Foundation is to support developers in this new world.

“The .NET Foundation will help accelerate the adoption of .NET across every platform and computing form factor—servers, mobile devices and desktops,” said Miguel de Icaza, co-founder and CTO of Xamarin, and founding member of the .NET Foundation board. “We look forward to working with Microsoft and the entire .NET developer community to increase the rate of innovation.”

To learn more about the .NET Foundation, please visit: www.dotnetfoundation.org.

Read more about Xamarin’s support for the .NET Foundation here: http://blog.xamarin.com/microsoft-xamarin-launch-.net-foundation.

About Xamarin

Xamarin is the new standard for enterprise mobile development. No other platform enables businesses to reach all major devices platforms—iOS, Android, Mac and Windows—with 100 percent fully native apps from a single code base. With Xamarin, businesses standardize mobile app development in C#, share on average 75 percent source code across platforms, and leverage their existing skills, teams, tools and code to rapidly deliver great apps with broad reach. Xamarin is used by over 570,000 developers from companies such as Dow Jones, Bosch, McKesson, Halliburton, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cognizant, GitHub, Rdio and WebMD—over 100 of the Fortune 500—to accelerate the creation of mission-critical consumer and enterprise apps. Xamarin is a Visionary in Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant report for Mobile Application Development Platforms. For more information, please visit: xamarin.com or follow us @xamarinhq.

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