Microsoft has reported it’s starting its essential coding interface, Visual Studio, on Mac PCs. The news may sound uninteresting, however it’s been bound to happen, and is a major shakeup for the company, which has previously preferred to lock developers into its platform by continuing coding tools Windows-only.
The change comes as Microsoft shifts its focus to its money-making cloud operation. While programming tasks in the past might have been carried out on local servers, they’re now increasingly using platform-agnostic cloud services like Azure (from Microsoft) and AWS (from Amazon). By making Visual Studio cross-platform, Microsoft will be hoping to retain professional users that want to work on their projects from any operating system they like. The software is based on app development platform Xamarin Studio, and the change could encourage Mac and iOS developers to make more apps for Windows, as these users will no longer have to buy a Windows computer or set up a virtual machine to access Visual Studio.
The news takes after a comparative declaration from prior this year, when the company reported it would include native support for Linux command line Bash to Windows for the first time ever. As Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman said at the time, including Bash support was “brilliant for developers that use a diverse set of tools” — launching Visual Studio for Mac is a similar move.
A review of the software will be disclosed at Microsoft’s Connect(); gathering not long from now. For more data including technical details, head over to Microsoft’s blog post reporting the news.