Microsoft's new mobile app enables Windows developers to test on iOS

Until now, though, you still needed a Mac to build and tes your apps.

By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers. Microsoft has just announced a new initiative that allows you to do it all with a PC with the new Xamarin Live Player, you can deploy, run, test and debug iOS apps directly from a Windows PC that runs Visual Studio. Described by Guthrie as the company's "new cloud debugging experience", the tool streamlines the process of fixing faults by offering developers a look into code behavior when an exception is triggered and dispensing with the need to write exception handling code. "That is really cool and will be helpful to us".

Visual Studio for Mac is designed as a native macOS app, and is made available in three different versions, namely Visual Studio Community for Mac, Visual Studio Professional for Mac and Visual Studio Enterprise for Mac.

The app will be deployed to Xamarin Live Player in the background, enabling you to develop and test your changes without having to recompile and redeploy the app.

Getting rid of the Mac requirement is not Microsoft trying to push developers away from Macs, however.

Microsoft has finally released its Visual Studio 2017 for Mac after its initial preview last November 2016. On Thursday, the company unveiled a series of apps and services, including one that's created to let Windows-based developers test iOS apps from their PCs. You can install the Live Player extensions for both Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2017 for Mac right now and download the Xamarin Live Player apps from Google Play and Apple's App Store.

With Windows Template Studio, Microsoft says that it will be going beyond this, to focus on "high quality code generation for a strong starting point", from which developers can build their apps. Typically, when a developer writes an app for multiple OSes, they have to write the app from the ground up for each OS they want their app to run on. From there, the Windows developers will be able to test out the various.NET applications.

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