GitHub Delivers Windows Support, Courts Enterprise Developers

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 GitHub.com,€ Clem said. €œClone your repositories right from the app or clone directly from GitHub.com 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.