I use mostly Visual Studio 2010 to develop Skila but one thing that drives me crazy is the performance of IntelliSense with remote files. It does not work slower — it crawls. I don’t know why it is so hard to read the file and allow to edit it, but since even scrolling through the file is lagging I was happy to notice Xamarin Studio developers figured it out. It is not as mature as VS, it lacks reliable debugger, but when it comes to initial implementing ideas I use XS now. The acronym is much better for sure.
Xamarin Studio is available for Mac and Windows, for Linux we have MonoDevelop. The difference is (quote) — “Xamarin Studio (…) is a bundle of MonoDevelop along with Xamarin iOS/Android plugins and branding”.