Xamarin – why we like it, why Microsoft bought it

Xamarin – why we like it, why Microsoft bought it

Last month Microsoft acquired San Francisco based Xamarin, a platform provider for mobile app development. The news came as no surprise - both companies had been working closely together since 2014 when they jointly built Xamarin integration into Visual Studio and Azure. In fact, a common reaction was to ask why it had taken so long, many commentators seeing the two companies as a natural fit long before now. In a sign of the times,...
Golden Handcuffs & The Evolution of the Mobile App

Golden Handcuffs & The Evolution of the Mobile App

There is a land grab underway.  Every bit as dramatic as the Klondike but largely unnoticed by the people that it involves most closely. I am referring to the battle for hearts and minds and for control over the new user interface paradigm that is set to become the most common way to interface with mobile devices. The giants of mobile technology Microsoft, Apple and Google are quietly fighting it out for their share of...
The Hololens – Blending Reality with Projected Virtual

The Hololens – Blending Reality with Projected Virtual

Personally, it's been a while since a Microsoft product launch really grabbed my attention but on January 21st Microsoft used a Windows 10 media briefing to flag a truly exciting new product. Welcome to the 'HoloLens'. The HoloLens is an augmented reality headset . As the name suggests, it overlays 3D images on your field of vision but, importantly, it does not try to create a whole virtual reality like Oculus Rift etc but simply...