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2016-04-28T04:11:56Z
https://blog.xamarin.com/xamarin-for-all/ 

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As of today, we are including Xamarin in Visual Studio at no extra cost.

Xamarin will be in every edition of Visual Studio, including the widely-available Visual Studio Community Edition, which is free for individual developers, open source projects, academic research, education, and small professional teams. Develop and publish native apps for iOS and Android with C# or F# from directly within Visual Studio with no limits on app size.

For developers on the Mac, Xamarin Studio is now available as a benefit of your Visual Studio Professional or Enterprise subscription. Developers can use the newly-created Xamarin Studio Community Edition for free.

To begin developing iOS and Android apps with the full power of Xamarin and C#, download Xamarin Studio or Xamarin for Visual Studio today.

I can't remember the fee structure from before it was freed, but when I looked at it some time ago I went a different direction in part because of pricing. Time for a second look.

Blackhawk8100
2016-04-28T15:07:49Z
It is pretty cool that it became free, even though it is useless to average people 😛 Devs like you for instance will find it incredibly useful I'm sure.