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The future of Visual Studio Android Appsd Xamarin

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Does anyone know whether Microsoft plan on incorporating a way to create Android apps in future releases of Visual Studio without having to pay the high prices for extra software like Xamarin?
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Doubtful. What's in it for them to release a way to write apps on a different platform?

What kind of apps are you writing? Are these apps that need access to the underlying hardware (like games, or camera-enabled apps)? If so, then you need something like Xamarin. If these are just data-centric apps (that don't need specials hardware), then you might invest in HTML 5 and CSS 3. Then you basically "write once, deploy everywhere".
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Just to expand on my first comment, the reason why Google releases free additions to Eclipse that work with Android is because they are not going to bring on a team (or teams) of developers to just sit in a room and write apps all day long for everything that everyone who has one of their phones would like. They know that they need to expose a way for the average developer (or development house) to create apps that people will want. When developers make apps that people want, people will buy the hardware that gives them access to those apps. IPhone was just the one that brought mobile apps into the spotlight. Now that there's competition, what you can do with the phone--both in software and in hardware--becomes paramount.

Yes, Microsoft charges for Visual Studio, but you don't need Visual Studio in order to write .NET applications--you can use Notepad if you like. Visual Studio, like any IDE, just makes it easier to write .NET applications. The same is true of Eclipse. Rather than write their own IDE, Google opted to simply plug in to a popular Java IDE--for which they would have to write considerable less code than they would writing an entire IDE from the ground up. Because MS put significant investment into writing their own IDE, it's should be obvious that they would like to recoup (and possibly profit) from said investment.
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Thanks very much. My apps are very much data driven so HTML5 is where I will go then
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I haven't used it myself, but you might also look into PhoneGap, which as I understand is similar to Xamarin in purpose.
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Thanks Kaufmed
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