Providing an assist to mobile developers, Microsoft is offering a set of utilities for Mac OS X and Windows users to build apps with the Apache Cordova platform.
Microsoft's tools provide command line utilities that make hybrid app development easier and faster, a Microsoft representative said. Mac OS X and Windows users can develop for Android, iOS, and Windows.
Microsoft has open-sourced Taco CLI, and it is available on GitHub. Taco can be used with Microsoft's Visual Studio IDE, but does not require it.
Developers can install the native Android and iOS (Mac-only) SDKs and build tools and connect to the Mac remote build server from the command line on their Windows and Linux machines, Subhag Oak, senior program manager for the Visual Studio Platform Tools team, said in the Visual Studio blog.