Github is a Microsoft-owned popular code repository for coders. And the company has released a new mobile app for its users that is available for both Android phones and Apple phones. The app is designed keeping in mind to help developers to manage their projects while away from their personal computers. The app will be a platform through which developers can organize tasks, respond to comments, and provide feedback on issues, review requests, and pull them.
The notifications for Github will appear in the app in an inbox like manner, similar to Gmail. You can swipe the notification left, and you can save it or mark them as complete. The company has provided a very interactive user interface for its developers, where you can reply to comments using emoji to maintain the flow of the conversation. It is a good move, as many GitHub users are requesting this in their feedback to the company for a long time.
Not only that, but the app lets you view code in their interface. The only negative side to it is that you cannot edit the code through the app. If you wish to edit code, you will have to use your personal computer for that, which is the only downside to the app. The GitHub Company has released various screenshots of its app in the PlayStore, which clearly shows the inbox view, code display, and comment section for it.
The company launched a beta version of it for iOS last November 2019, and for Android, it released the beta version late in January 2020. The company made a few changes to its beta version before releasing the final app into Play Store for all its users.
It was in the year of 2018 that Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 Billion. The company wanted to operate GitHub independently as a business and wanted to ‘retain its product philosophy.’
On completion of the deal in 2018, the CEO of Microsoft owned GitHub announced the deal as, “Our vision is to serve every developer on the planet by being the best place to build software. It is a dream opportunity for all of us at GitHub, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll up our sleeves and start this next chapter”.Source
Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, acknowledged the deal by releasing the information on Twitter, saying, “I’m thrilled to welcome GitHub to Microsoft. Together, we will continue to advance GitHub as a platform loved by developers and trusted by organizations”. And truly said, Microsoft has dedicated a hardworking team to GitHub, which has truly changed the way GitHub works today.
The vision for GitHub on its creation was to be a platform where coders and developers can share their code with its users, gather feedback, and make changes to it. Today GitHub has become a large repository of code used by tech giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google for their project documentation, coding, and hosting.
Questions were raised upon what Microsoft stands to gain in a $7.5 Billion investment. But the company has some unreleased plans for GitHub and its community of more than 30 million developers. The CEO of Microsoft owned GitHub said that they are not buying GitHub to turn it into another Microsoft.
Microsoft also acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion, 2 years before it acquired GitHub. And currently, Microsoft has useful insight into the current coding culture and job market in the technical industry.
Through years, it has become quite clear why Microsoft acquired GitHub and what it stands to win in the long run. Microsoft killed its code repository competitor, which is Codeplex, and now has more than a thousand developers of its company, contributing code to GitHub. The company wants to earn much-deserved respect from developers and build trust between them.
The fact that Microsoft has acquired GitHub will make the platform a more trustable one to be used by developers.