GitHub Delivers Windows Support, Courts Enterprise Developers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-05-21 Print this article Print

GitHub announced GitHub for Windows, the first version of the GitHub Web-based project hosting service for Windows. Aimed at enterprise developers, it is available as a free download.

GitHub has announced the release of GitHub for Windows, which the company says is the easiest way to use the Git revision control system on Windows.

GitHub is a Web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. GitHub offers both commercial plans and free accounts for open-source projects. According to the Git User's Survey in 2009, GitHub is the most popular Git hosting site. GitHub for Windows is available immediately as a free download.

GitHub gushed about bringing the Git dev party to Microsoft Windows for the first time ever. GitHub for Windows is a desktop app that works with GitHub and GitHub Enterprise. GitHub says this is a big deal for those wanting to develop and collaborate on Windows projects, as the majority of all enterprise development takes place within a Windows environment. So this opens the door for more enterprise-level GitHub deployments.

In a May 21 blog post, Tim Clem, a developer at GitHub, said, €œGitHub for Windows is a 100 percent native application that will run on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and even the pre-release Windows 8. Included in the application is a complete installation of msysGit making this the single best way to start using Git on Windows.€

Up to now, developers had to use one of many Git clients for Windows to effectively use Git on Windows, as developers say Git works better on Linux and Mac OS. Windows-based Git clients included Git for Windows, TortoiseGit, SmartGit and others. However, GitHub for Windows adds the rich GitHub environment€”being a collaborative place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates and complete strangers on all platforms, the company says.

€œGitHub for Windows is the easiest way to manage your repositories on,€ Clem said. €œClone your repositories right from the app or clone directly from with the new Clone in Windows button.€

GitHub for Windows is supported for all GitHub Enterprise installations running release 11.10.260 or higher, Clem said.

Originally founded by Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett, GitHub has grown into one of the largest code hosts in the world. The company, based in San Francisco, has received no public funding.

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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