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.

The company has released Tools for Apache Cordova CLI 1.0.0, or Taco, that enable developers to build with a set of platforms and plug-ins backed by Microsoft’s Visual Studio product team. Apache Cordova features APIs enabling development of native mobile applications using HTML, JavaScript, and CSS.

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.

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