Microsoft considering greater support for cross-platform development tools for mobile apps

imageIn their latest Microsoft’s Registered Developer Newsletter Microsoft included a link to a survey asking for developer feedback on cross-platform tools which would be able to serve Android, iOS as well as Windows Phone.

They write:

Survey: Building Portable Apps for Multiple Platforms
                                    We’d like your thoughts on developing for Windows Phone in conjunction with development on other platforms. Your thoughts will help guide our support for cross-platform tools. To participate, please use the following URL to take this short survey:

It seems Microsoft is specifically taking about using HTML5, PhoneGap, as well as Mono, the Linux version of .Net. They survey also asks developers about creating mobile apps in C++ and HTML5 as a mobile platform.

Given statements we have heard by Terry Myerson amongst others, Microsoft is settling on HTML5 as the cross-platform development platform for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers, and the survey suggests they are looking at beefing up compatibility with HTML5-based tools from other platforms also.  It is not clear if Microsoft is looking to create their own tools to support development on other platforms, although given that Microsoft is a software company this remains possible.

For registered developers the survey can be found here.


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