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End of Life for Xamarin – What It Means for Your Mobile Apps and How We Can Help

Jack Dodsworth

June 12th, 2024

Imagine waking up one morning to find your business’s mobile app no longer works on the latest iPhone or Android device. 


This nightmare scenario is about to become a reality for many businesses using Xamarin, as Microsoft has announced the end of life for Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms. 


With this shift, your app's functionality, security, and compatibility are at serious risk. But don’t worry—at Surge, we have the expertise to turn this looming crisis into an opportunity for growth and improvement.


Background on Mobile App Development:


Mobile app development traditionally required separate codebases for iOS and Android apps. iOS apps were written in Objective-C or Swift, while Android apps used Java or Kotlin. 


This meant double the effort for developers and increased maintenance costs for businesses. The advent of cross-platform frameworks promised a solution: write once, run anywhere.


The Role of Xamarin:


Originally known as Mono, Xamarin was an open-source project that allowed developers to write apps in C# and run them on both iOS and Android. Microsoft acquired Xamarin, integrated it into Visual Studio, and made it a cornerstone of their development tools. 


Xamarin.Forms further streamlined the process by providing a single UI framework for both platforms, significantly reducing the need for platform-specific code.


The Transition to .NET MAUI:


Microsoft has announced that Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms will be retired, replaced by .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI). .NET MAUI aims to provide a more unified and modern approach to cross-platform development. It supports not only iOS and Android but also macOS and Windows, and potentially web apps in the future.


The Implications for Your Existing Xamarin Apps


With Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms reaching end-of-life, support and updates will cease. This has significant implications for your apps:


  • No More Updates: Future updates to iOS and Android could break your Xamarin-based apps. Without official support, fixing these issues will become increasingly challenging.


  • Security Risks: Unsupported frameworks pose security risks as vulnerabilities discovered post-end-of-life will not be patched.


  • Compatibility Issues: As new versions of iOS and Android are released, apps built on outdated frameworks may become incompatible, leading to functionality issues or complete failure.


Why Migrating to .NET MAUI Makes Sense


Migrating to .NET MAUI offers several benefits:


  • Continued Support: Microsoft will provide ongoing support and updates for .NET MAUI, ensuring your apps remain compatible and secure.


  • Enhanced Capabilities: .NET MAUI introduces new features and performance improvements, providing a better user experience.


  • Unified Codebase: Expand your app’s reach with support for additional platforms like Windows and macOS from a single codebase.


Surge: Your Partner in Migration


Migrating from Xamarin to .NET MAUI is not a one-click process. It requires a thorough understanding of both frameworks and meticulous planning. This is where Surge comes in. We offer complete migration services to ensure a smooth transition.


Our Migration Process:


Audit: 


We begin with a detailed audit of your existing app. For a fixed fee, we analyse your codebase, identify dependencies, and assess the complexity of the migration.


Migration Plan:


Based on the audit, we create a tailored migration plan outlining the steps, timeline, and costs involved. This includes identifying potential challenges and their solutions.


Execution:


Our experienced developers execute the migration, ensuring minimal downtime and disruption to your users. We handle all aspects of the transition, from updating the code to testing and deployment.


Post-Migration Support:


After the migration, we provide ongoing support to address any issues and ensure your app continues to perform optimally.


Secure Your Xamarin Mobile App With Surge Now!


Don't let the end of Xamarin catch you off guard. Ensure your apps remain functional, secure, and up-to-date by migrating to .NET MAUI. 


Contact Surge today to book an audit of your app. Our fixed-price audit will provide you with a complete plan and cost estimate for the migration.


Get in touch with us here to schedule your audit and secure the future of your mobile apps.