I am writing this blog to show how to start developing cross platform mobile native applications using Cordova.
If you would like to read more about Cordova project and its capabilities, here is the Cordova project homepage: https://cordova.apache.org/
Microsoft has started to integrate Cordova into VS 2013 and VS 2015. In this blog post i am showing how to start working with Cordova in VS 2013 by getting all the tools in step by step fashion.
Once you open VS2013, Click on Start a new project.
This will open up a new browser windows to start installing all the tools. download the executable file.
Next, Make sure to close VS before start installing Apache Cordova for VS 2013 tools (vs2013mda_0.3.1.exe)
Open up VS again, You will find a blank App (Apache Cordova) project template in VS 2013!
Hope this helps!
UPDATE 06/12/2015: Microsoft recommends to use VS 2015 for all Cordova applications because VS 2015 is using a new project structure to support third party CLIs, while VS 2013 is still using the old/deprecated project structure.