Interested in building cross-platform apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8?  Xamarin is a useful platform that allows you to write native iOS and Android apps from Visual Studio using C#.


So how do you get started?  First, download Xamarin Studio at


Now you’re ready to start using Xamarin Studio!


There’s just one more thing to get started with building an iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 application: make sure you have Visual Studio 2012 and the Project Linker extension, a free tool to automatically create and maintain links from a source project to a target project.

Xamarin provides a helpful guide to set up your Visual Studio project to create a cross-platform application with a shared code base and shared tests here.  Once you’re set up, you can work with application-specific code in iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8!