Xamarin Live Player lets developers streamline iOS app development on PC

Developing iOS and Android apps on a Windows PC just got a little bit simpler with the reveal of Xamarin Live Player. Announced on stage at Build 2017, Xamarin Live Player will simplify the app development process for iOS apps in particular by deploying them to iDevices from a PC with Visual Studio for debugging. That's notable because, previously, while an iOS app could be developed on a PC, a Mac was required to deploy it.

Live Player will let you see your code changes live in your app in real-time. While this should streamline the development process, it's worth noting that a Mac is still required to submit an app to the App Store. All that's required to get started is connecting to the Xamarin Live Player app for iOS via a QR code.

Microsoft has had a couple of Apple-related announcements up its sleeve during Build so far, including the launch of Visual Studio 2017 for Mac on day one. Earlier today, Microsoft also announced that iTunes will be coming to the Windows Store for Windows 10 S users.

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