Jash Mota
Jash Mota
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28 Nov 2016

What is Microsoft intending to do by introducing VS 2017 on Mac?

Just a few days back in Connect 2016, Microsoft announced some great dev tools, the new Xamarin updates, and the Visual Studio 2017. Everyone fell in love with it right from the moment it was announced.

There was one thing, however, which surprised me. That's when Scott Guthrie announced that Visual Studio is coming to Mac users as well. I mean, what? Visual studio was the very reason devs used Windows. People were using Windows OS because of the VS. Although Microsoft brought Visual Code on mac earlier, but that was just a text editor. this is one of the most popular IDE.

Why do think Microsoft took such a step, which apparently, seems to be destroying the company itself? What does Microsoft intend to do?
28 Nov 2016
Because the company that gets the developer love stays ahead of the race. I think that's the main reason Microsoft's after developers who want to use Mac to develop.
Jash Mota

Jash Mota

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29 Nov 2016
But isn't that a highly risky bet to make? Given that they also have their own line of hardware (Surface Series)?
Ashraf HZ

Ashraf HZ

Communications
08 Jan 2017
Jash Mota
But isn't that a highly risky bet to make? Given that they also have their own line of hardware (Surface Series)?
Its more risky to remain siloed in a single platform. That was their mistake in the past, and it alienated a vast majority of developers working in mac environments. This is pretty much their strategy now with their products (e.g Microsoft Office) to be more "open" with their technology.
I suppose getting the market to buy Surface hardware must come on other merits, such as actual better specs.

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