5 Companies That Came To Win This Week


With the rapid proliferation of iOS and Android mobile devices, development of mobile applications for those devices is exploding. But until now the thousands of developers who use Microsoft's Visual Studio development tools have had to sit on the sidelines.

This week Xamarin, which fields a development toolkit for building native mobile apps, launched a new release of its software that makes it possible for Visual Studio programmers to build iOS and Android applications. As IDC analyst Al Hilwa put it, the move provides Visual Studio developers a way "to leverage their hard-earned C# development skills to write apps for iOS and Android."