GitHub, now under Microsoft, releases the app for iOS, 11 years after the launch

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From the left, Gitub CEO Chris Wanstrath, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman at GitHub headquarters in San Francisco.

Source: Microsoft

GitHub, the code-based collaboration company that Microsoft bought last year for $ 7.5 billion, worked for 11 years without an iPhone app, preferring to keep its service in the browser.

In the end it is changing. On Tuesday, GitHub said it is launching an iOS beta app, giving iPhone and iPad users another way to share the code, just as the parent company Microsoft is approaching Apple and other longtime rivals. At the beginning of this year, Microsoft said that anyone using their Windows 10 mobile platform should switch to an iPhone or Android device.

The app for iOS, which the company claims is now available as a beta version, will allow GitHub users to see when people quote them in discussions and accept suggestions for updating code in the repositories sent by other users.

"C & # 39; is a lot you can do on GitHub that does not require a complex development environment, such as sharing feedback on a design discussion and reviewing some lines of code," Shanku Niyogi, a former Microsoft employee who is now vice president GitHub senior product, written in a blog post.

For GitHub, which has over 40 million registered user accounts, the change reflects a greater determination to improve the basic aspects of the service amid competition from companies such as Atlassian and GitLab. GitHub executives have long suggested that while people generally consume information on mobile devices, they do more intense work, such as publishing code in archival repositories, on desktop computers.

But users are clearly asking for more collaboration options from mobile devices, and it's in Microsoft's interest to keep up with developer demands as the software becomes a major focus for almost every company in every industry.

GitHub does not currently have an official Android app. it announced one in 2012 but stopped updating it after 2014. A new one will arrive soon and, in the meantime, many unofficial GitHub customers will also like it PocketHub are available on Android and iOS that allow users to access their GitHub data from mobile apps.

GitHub has grown from 28 million user accounts when Microsoft announced the acquisition in June 2018.

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