The MonoTouch software development kit lets developers write an application using .Net and then produces a native iPhone-compatible application. Currently, developers write in Objective-C, a language that is not otherwise widely used, to build applications that comply with Apple's requirements for the iPhone. "What this does is bring a different kind of developer who might have been trying to figure out how to leverage the iPhone but didn't have the skills or didn't want to engage in a unique development environment," said Al Hilwa, an analyst at IDC.

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