Become a Mobile Developer with Visual Studio 2017 and Xamarin University

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Millions of developers around the world use the power of C# and .NET to deliver amazing apps. Whether you’re building for desktop with Windows Forms or UWP, or for the web with ASP.NET WebForms, or MVC, .NET’s flexible tools and frameworks help you ship software that solves almost any problem. In the mobile world, Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin enable .NET developers to easily apply their existing expertise to build, test, distribute, and monitor native apps for all the major connected platforms, including Android, iOS, UWP, tvOS, and more, all from Visual Studio 2017.

Our team of mobile experts at Xamarin University have taught thousands of developers—from experienced enterprise team leads to recent grads—how to expand their desktop and web development expertise to mobile. Now, we’re making it even easier to jumpstart your mobile development skills with flexible monthly subscription options.

Available immediately, you can sign up for Xamarin University from the Visual Studio Marketplace, which offers monthly payment options and the ability to use Azure subscriptions. Starting at $83.25 per month (less than $3 per day), you receive unlimited access to constantly updated curriculum, with topics such as C# for beginners, to classes covering the latest in navigation styles and controls for Android and iOS.

As a monthly subscriber, you can:

  • Select from 80+ virtual and on-demand classes and videos
  • Join live sessions across multiple time zones led by mobile experts and featuring hands-on labs and demos
  • Get advice, code reviews, and best practices for your projects during 1:1 Office Hours
  • Collaborate and learn from peers
  • Get certified as a Xamarin Mobile Certified Developer
  • Access exclusive on-demand videos from industry leaders covering the latest mobile topics and challenges, from new platform APIs to testing and deploying on physical devices

As you learn mobile best practices and UI design, our courses grow with you, offering intermediate and advanced classes on how to performance tune and test your apps, diagnose memory issues, and use a variety of design patterns and techniques to maximize code-sharing across Android, iOS, and UWP apps.

To get started today, visit the Visual Studio Marketplace and subscribe to Xamarin University to get immediate, unlimited access to courses, hands-on labs, 1:1 office hours, and more. If you haven’t had a chance to try Xamarin University, start your free 30-day trial today to experience everything Xamarin University has to offer. If you have any questions, we’re always available at

Mark Smith, Principal Program Manager Mark leads Xamarin University, where he helps developers learn how to utilize their .NET skills to build amazing mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows and beyond. Prior to his career at Microsoft and Xamarin (acquired by Microsoft), Mark ran a consulting business, specializing in custom development


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