Microsoft has announced that Apple’s desktop operating system will be getting Visual Studio later this week. The Mac is said to be getting “a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#,” during the Connect() conference in November.
The IDE is said to be similar to the available solution for Windows, helping developers forget about the platform which they are using.
BoysenberryPi, a user in Hacker News stated “They make their money off Azure and other services. In other words, they are making their money mainly off of developers now and it’s in their best interest to get on the good side of devs which is why they suddenly have a vested interest in open sourcing tools and helping Mac/Linux.”
The reason behind Microsoft abandoning the lead it has on Windows is to focus on its money-making cloud operation. The local servers were used in the past for the programming tasks but now things have changed and cloud services like Azure and Amazon Web Services are being used which are platform-agnostic.
The software is said to be based on Xamarin Studio, an app development platform. This can help the Mac and iOS developers to create Windows apps, as they do not need any Windows platform to work on Visual Studio.
The following was stated from the release:
￼”At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. It's UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it’s complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don’t need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.”