Why should I make my next mobile app in Xamarin? #Part3: Xamarin is free for Students

Here is the long awaited third post of the series that will explain you why it’s conveniente to use Xamarin for application development, especially when you are a student. You can fine here the previous 2 posts:



On November 5th 2014, Xamarin officially announced the availability of a free Indie license for any current student. The Indie license allows you to build app an app of any size (even use Xamarin.Forms), but it was missing one thing. The biggest limitation to the Indie license was was that it didn’t allow for the use of the Visual Studio plugin, which meant being restricted to Xamarin Studio for development. The Indie license has a retail value of 300 USD per year, and Xamarin, making it available for free for students hugely boosted their userbase.

As of this week, Xamarin enhanced the Indie license for students to include the Visual Studio plugin. This is great for students, especially since a student can obtain a copy of Visual Studio for free from the DreamSpark program (http://www.dreamspark.com) or just use the free Visual Studio Community Edition. Even though the student license includes the Visual Studio plugin, this does not mean however that it is a Business license. The all the same restrictions still apply besides the plugin. This modification to the license saves users from the hefty $999 price tag.

Below here the link to rapidly compare the Business and Indie versions of Xamarin:


So if you are a student and are anxious to try Xamarin, apply for the free license today by going to https://xamarin.com/student and apply! All it takes is an email address and proof of enrollment to get started down the wonderful path of Xamarin development!

Happy coding! 😉


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