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GitHub, one of the leading open-source code repository websites, has recently released a new native application for Windows, called (unsurprisingly) GitHub for Windows. The new GitHub application is free for all, and allows convenient interaction with GitHub’s features with no need for a browser. You can use it to browse code commits, create new ones, roll back changes, and more. The application looks sharp, and matches the new Windows 8 Metro look.

Since Windows does not ship with the Git version control system out of the box, the new GitHub client includes everything you need to get set up out of the box, including a complete installation of msysGit, a build environment that can build Git for Windows. That sounds complicated, but the upshot is that the native GitHub client is likely to become the de-facto standard way of installing Git on Windows, unless Microsoft does something surprising like ship Windows 8 with built-in Git support.

The Windows client also supports GitHub Enterprise installations, which means large corporate clients that have deployed GitHub internally can already enjoy the new client. Last but not least,  GitHub now shows a new “Clone in Windows” button for every code project, making the Windows client easily discoverable.

Source: GitHub Blog

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