Xamarin - The future of MonoTouch and Mono for Android

Emperor Tamarin

As you may have noticed from my blog, I sure do like talking about MonoTouch and Mono for Android (MonoDroid).

Yesterday, Miguel announced that the team behind MonoTouch and Mono for Android had been laid off after Novell's take-over from Attachmate. Obviously this leaves Attachmate in charge of those two products without anyone to work on them or to support them - yet your products are still licensed and will continue to work.

Along with the announcement that the team had been laid off came that Miguel and the rest of the Mono, MonoTouch and Mono for Android-istas were hard at work on their new start up Xamarin. This companies will seemingly fill in the gap of where MonoTouch and Mono for Android left off and where MonoTouch and Mono for Android are heading into the future - albeit with a different name and a different product.

There have been some good write ups about this situation, I recommend you check out the following links;

  1. Miguel de Icaza's blog - http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2011/May-16.html
  2. Ars Technia's write up - http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2011/05/mono-team-presses-on-with-new-startup-after-attachmate-layoffs.ars
  3. Craig Dunn's blog - http://conceptdev.blogspot.com/2011/05/monotouchmonodroid-and-xamarin-what-now.html

I hope this information is useful to you, especially those who have invested time and money into either Mono, MonoTouch or Mono for Android - the future will be awesome!


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