Microsoft Infiltrates the Mobile App Space: The Xamarin Acquisition

On February 24, Microsoft announced that it will acquire Xamarin, a mobile app platform provider. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Anne Shields - Author

Dec. 4 2020, Updated 10:53 a.m. ET


Microsoft buys cross-platform mobile application developer

On February 24, 2016, Microsoft (MSFT) announced its intention to acquire Xamarin, a mobile app development platform provider. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the Xamarin acquisition has cost Microsoft approximately between $400 million and $500 million, though Microsoft has not yet confirmed this.

Xamarin provides software tools to build mobile apps on Apple’s (AAPL) iOS, Google’s (GOOG) Android, and Microsoft Windows using C# programming language. For apps that support various languages, Xamarin also provides cloud-based test platform, so that developers can check how an app will perform on different smartphones or tablets.

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Microsoft and Xamrin have partnered in the past

Microsoft and Xamarin have been partners since 2013. According to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Division Chief, “the combination of Xamarin, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Services, and Azure delivers a complete mobile app dev solution that provides everything a developer needs to develop, test, deliver, and instrument mobile apps for every device.”

Xamarin has more than 15,000 customers. Apart from Microsoft, Xamarin customers include Honeywell (HON), Kellogg’s (K), Flipboard, Thermo-Fisher (TMO), and NBCUniversal. According to CrunchBase, Xamarin has so far secured $82 million in venture capital funding from investors.

You might consider investing in the PowerShares QQQ Trust, Series 1 ETF (QQQ) to gain exposure to Microsoft, which makes up 8.4% of QQQ. Investors who would like application software exposure could also consider this ETF. Application software makes up ~28.4% of QQQ.

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