From left, GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrat, Microsoft CEO Satia Nedela, and future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman at the GitHub headquarters in San Francisco.
GitHub, the code-sharing company that bought Microsoft last year for $ 7.5 billion, has been operating for 11 years without an iPhone application, preferring to keep its browser service.
It is finally changing. On Tuesday, GitHub said it was launching a beta application for iOS, giving iPhone and iPad users another way to share code, just as Microsoft's parent company manages Apple and other longtime rivals. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that anyone using their Windows 10 mobile platform should switch to an iPhone or Android device.
The iOS app, which the company says is now available as a beta, will allow GitHub users to see when people mention them in discussions and accept suggestions for code updates in repositories provided by other users.
"There is a lot you can do on GitHub that does not require a complex development environment, such as sharing feedback on design discussion and reviewing several lines of code," said Janku Niyogi, a former Microsoft employee who is now senior vice president. on GitHub's product, wrote in a blog post.
For GitHub, which has more than 40 million registered user accounts, the change reflects a greater commitment to improve core service aspects in competition with companies such as Atlassian and GitLab. GitHub executives have long suggested that while people generally consume information about mobile devices, they engage in more intense work, such as publishing code to storage repositories, on desktop computers.
But users are clearly looking for more collaboration options than mobile devices and it is in Microsoft's interest to keep up with developers' demands as software becomes a bigger focus for almost every company in every industry.
GitHub does not currently have an official Android app. Released one in 2012, but stopped updating after 2014. Soon a new one will emerge and in the meantime, several unofficial GitHub clients such as PocketHub are available today on Android and iOS which allow users to access their GitHub data from mobile apps.
GitHub grew 28 million user accounts when Microsoft announced its acquisition in June 2018.
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