Today, Samsung have announced that they will collaborate with Microsoft on open source projects, such as .NET Core and Xamarin.Forms, to enable .NET support for Tizen, the operating system that powers 50 million Samsung devices worldwide.

The first preview of Visual Studio Tools for Tizen has been released and it will enable .NET developers to build Tizen applications for multiple platforms like Smart TVs, Smartwatches , Smartphones, and IoT devices. Developers will have access to device emulators and an extension to Visual Studio with full IntelliSense and debugging capabilities.

“Samsung is excited to be a part of the .NET community. .NET has an extensive developer base and great potential,” said Samsung’s Executive Vice President and Deputy Head of Software R&D Center Seung-hwan Cho. “Through thoughtful and progressive collaboration with Microsoft, Samsung is expecting to create unique development experiences for both Tizen and C# developers, enriching the Tizen ecosystem.”

Support for Smart TVs, wearables, and other IoT devices will be added in future releases. We can look forward to Tizen’s .NET support to be officially released and Integrated on Samsung devices, including Smart TVs, in 2017.

Reference Links

Learn more about Visual Studio Tools for Tizen here:
http://developer.tizen.org/development/preview

Learn more about the Tizen open source project here:
https://source.tizen.org

Learn more about the .NET Core open source project here:
https://github.com/dotnet/core

Learn more about the Xamarin.Forms open source project here:
https://github.com/xamarin/Xamarin.Forms