GitHub, the well known website for uploading and sharing software development projects, has accumulated over 1 million users since its launch in 2008. The site has also had a GitHub software app for Mac platforms for some time. Today, GitHub is expanding to include all those Windows-based PCs, including Windows 8.
In a post on VenternBeat, GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath stated that when the company was first founded, it made sense to make a GitHub app for Apple's PC platform, saying, "We did the Mac app first because when we first started making desktop apps … we wanted to make something we’d use at the company, and most of the company was Mac users. We were a lot smaller then."
Since then, GitHub has expanded and now has 73 team members, and many of them use Windows, as do a lot of GitHub users. Wanstrath says, "Our philosophy is that we wanted [the desktop app] to be by Windows developers for Windows developers. That’s been our success so far — the things we create, we want to use ourselves."
The free download supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8. The GitHub blog goes into more detail of what's included in the Windows app, which lets users browse commits, create new ones, make changes to code, create, browse or delete branches and more. The software is designed to get automatic silent updates in the background.
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