December 11, 2014 Last Updated 10:17 am

Microsoft buys Stuttgart-based app testing company HockeyApp

The Stuttgart, Germany-hased app testing company HockeyApp has been acquired by Microsoft. HockeyApp provides developers mobile crash analytics and app distribution for building apps on the iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms.

HockeyApp-dashboardMicrosoft said that in the coming months they will introduce new iOS and Android SDKs for its Application Insights based on HockeyApp features.

“As mobile, cloud, and DevOps continue to transform the application development landscape, we are bringing together the most complete set of tools and services for highly productive mobile-first, cloud-first development – from cross-platform mobile development tools in Visual Studio to Application Insights in Visual Studio Online,” S. Somasegar, vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, wrote on his Microsoft blog.

“When we founded our company, our intent and mission was to always stay indie,” the HockeyApp management team wrote today. “In fact, we initially created HockeyApp as a developer tool for our own apps. We wanted a powerful and flexible way to improve our apps and with a lot of digging and perseverance, we found a way to do it.”

The major app platforms have been buying small companies that provide app testing services. Apple bought Burstly back in February so it could incorporate its TestFlight beta testing platform into its system (which it did in October). Apple immediately ended the firm’s Android beta testing.

Google in June acquired app the testing firm Appurify, but Google said it would allow it to continue to support both iOS and Android.

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