By Rex Crum Siliconbeat
Since he became Microsoft’s Chief Executive two years ago, Satya Nadella had made his “mobile first, cloud first” mantra central to the software giant’s business strategy and future.
On Thursday, Microsoft took another step into that future, as the company said it would acquire San Francisco-based Xamarin, a developer of cross-platform mobile software. In a nutshell, Xamarin’s technology lets software programming write apps that can then be shared and run on the Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Microsoft noted that Xamarin has more than 15,000 customers, including companies such as Coca-Cola Bottling, JetBlue and Honeywell. The company also said it would give more details about its plans for Xamarin and its mobile and cloud efforts at is upcoming Build developers conference.