Microsoft buys game-development plug-in creator SyntaxTree

Microsoft buys game-development plug-in creator SyntaxTree

Summary: Microsoft has acquired SyntaxTree, the developer of the UnityVS plug-in for Visual Studio.


Microsoft has acquired SyntaxTree, the developer of the UnityVS plug-in for Visual Studio for an undisclosed amount.


Microsoft Developer Division chief Soma Somasegar announced the acquisition in a blog post on July 2.

Microsoft is planning to use UnityVS to integrate even tighter into Visual Studio the cross-platform Unity-game development framework.

Over the past year-plus, Microsoft officials have been forging a number of partnerships with tool and framework vendors to try to grow the number of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps. Microsoft has struck deals with Unity, Havok, Marmalade and Corona Labs to help bring more games to its platforms

"In today's mobile-first, cloud-first world, Visual Studio provides a great development environment for game developers targeting the breadth of mobile devices, and connecting to the rich services platforms in Azure," Somasegar blogged.

In a July 2 note on the SyntaxTree site, company officials said employees of SyntaxTree would be joining Microsoft's Visual Studio team.

Those who previously purchased UnityVS tools from SyntaxTree should expect to hear from the UnityVS team with details about their ongoing service, according to the note.

Topics: Software Development, Microsoft, Windows 8, Windows Phone


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Best IDE

    Is there a better IDE than Visual Studio? I have used many. I have found features I like better in others but the others always had more negatives than positives. It seems like Visual Studio just keeps getting better, leaving others in the dust.
    • I wouldn't say "dust"

      I quite like NetBeans for certain things, and I really like xcode. And better than either of those? SharpDevelop.

      But I will sign on with general agreement - there's really just nothing like Visual Studio.
    • yeah

      something that doesn't require Windows
      • Troll Post

        Another troll post or is it Windows envy. Actually you can use Visual Studio to do a lot of work that will end up on non-Windows computers.
      • You're right

        And XCode can be used everywhere.