(Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. said it agreed to buy startup Xamarin in the tech giant’s latest move to attract more software engineers to write programs using its cloud services.

Integrating Xamarin into Microsoft’s Visual Studio will improve developers’ ability to build mobile applications across Apple Inc.’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows by making it easier to share code among the different operating systems, Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, wrote Wednesday in a blog post. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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