At today's Microsoft Build conference in San Francisco, the company announced a new collaboration with Unity Technologies. The partnership will bring Unity development tools to developers working on titles published by Microsoft for free.

Unity is in the process of creating new tools to handle multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass applications, and Kinect gestures and voice recognition. The bigger news is that now developers can use familiar Unity toolsets to create their own titles for distribution.

A tremor went through the indie community when Microsoft discontinued support of it's XNA development toolset. This provides a replacement that might already be familiar to those working to bring games to PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and six others.

[Source: Xbox Wire]