Build A Mobile App Using Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 Is Built For Mobile!

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Now that Visual Studio 2015 has been released to the wild, it’s important to take a good look at the features it contains. These features, not only make software development easier and faster for software developers, the features also give us an insight into how Microsoft sees the future of software development. One area of interest is most notably mobile development!

Over the past few years Microsoft has made great leaps to embrace cross-platform app development in Linux and Mac environments, with the release of the Visual Studio Community Edition, Visual Studio Code and ASP.NET 5. A lot of work has also gone into providing more robust mobile development features. Out of the box, a full install of Visual 2015 Enterprise includes support for C#, C++, Visual Basic, Java, F#, Python, JavaScript, PowerShell, Microsoft’s JavaScript-based Typescript.

Visual Studio 2015 can now target Windows and Android—during installation there’s an option to fetch and install the Android SDK—and with the included Xamarin libraries it also supports iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

Visual Studio’s cloud counterpart, Visual Studio Online, is also making cross-platform moves. Microsoft is adding a cross-platform build service to enable Visual Studio Online to build iOS and OS X applications on Macs. This will enable developers to use the Visual Studio Online infrastructure to handle their cross-platform projects.

Visual Studio Android Emulator

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Microsoft has since released an Android Emulator available in both Visual Studio 2013 and VS 2015. This emulator support a variety of Android versions, screen sizes, and hardware properties. The emulator works with Android Studio, Eclipse, and any other tool that supports ADB. From these developments and many more coming down the pipeline it is easy to see that Microsoft is positioning Visual Studio to be a one stop shop for developers who want to build apps that target multiple platforms.

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