Microsoft acquires HockeyApp to boost range of cross-platform dev tools

Andy Boxall

In news

December 17, 2014



Microsoft has followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Apple and acquired HockeyApp, a crash analytics firm based in Stuttgart, Germany, boosting its range of cross-platform developer tools.

Microsoft plans to integrate the service into Application Insights, found inside Visual Studio Online, and will introduce a set of new iOS and Android SDKs over the coming months. According to HockeyApp, Microsoft has been a customer since 2011, and it describes the new partnership as “a match made in heaven.”

Twitter made a similar purchase last year with the acquisition of Crashlytics, while Apple bought TestFlight maker Burstly back in February.

HockeyApp supports iOS, Android, and Windows Phone apps. The system provides developers with beta app distribution and feedback tools, and the ability to collect crash analysis and reports. These tools can all be integrated into existing bug tracking systems.

Microsoft’s VP of the developer division, S. Somasegar, had this to say:


“With the acquisition of HockeyApp, we will continue to build on our vision to provide industry-leading tools and services for any mobile platform through both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Online. I am excited to welcome the HockeyApp team to Microsoft.”

There’s no interruption to HockeyApp’s business, and the company says all existing accounts and apps will operate as normal. It has also confirmed it’ll continue working on making its platform even better. The terms of the deal have not been announced.