“Microsoft has announced it’s launching its primary coding interface, Visual Studio, on Mac computers,” James Vincent reports for The Verge. “It’s been a long time coming, and is a big shakeup for the company, which has previously preferred to lock developers into its platform by keeping coding tools Windows-only.”

“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,” Vincent reports. “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.”

Vincent reports, “A preview of the software will be unveiled at Microsoft’s Connect developer event later this week.”

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