GitHub Reaches Out to Windows Developers

by Ostatic Staff - May. 22, 2012

As of this week, GitHub is reaching out to Windows developers with the announcement of GitHub for Windows, a graphical client that will allow both developers and designers to seamlessly us the Git revision control system. The client is available as a free download now, and here are more details.

The Git revision control system has soared in popularity in recent years, and developers have traditionally used it via command line or through a Mac-based graphical client that has been out for some time. Among version control systems, the venerable CVS ruled the roost for years, and then Subversion gained in popularity. But Git started gaining momentum several years ago, and it's even the version control system used to track development of the Linux kernel.

GitHub is an online hosting service that serves as a repository for projects that use the Git version control system. The GitHub for Windows app is designed to let users collaborate on Windows projects, and has been a long time coming.

GitHub has posted a visual tour, available here, showing some of the features found in the Windows client, which works with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and the pre-release Windows 8.