Microsoft launches GitHub app for iOS

Yesterday, Microsoft launched a GitHub app for iOS which will help the developers manage their projects more easily and convenient.

The app presents an inbox-style interface for easy access to informations that matter the most such as notifications, comments, organization and feedback-response tools and a read-only code browser, with promises from Microsoft for the ability to edit and compile the simple blocks of codes.

Microsoft stated that it is not intended to create a complete environment for developers, but to help them stay in touch with their projects, teams, respond to users feedbacks and comments and to organize and give tasks to their team members.

“There’s a lot you can do on GitHub that doesn’t require a complex development environment – like sharing feedback on a design discussion, or reviewing a few lines of code. GitHub for iOS lets you move work forward wherever you are. Stay in touch with your team, triage issues, and even merge, right from the app. We’re making these tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you work, with a beautifully native experience.” – Microsoft states.

The Github client is available for free, starting from today, in the App Store at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/github/id1477376905.

The first users feedback is positive and promising, with a stunning 391 ratings in less than 24 hours, and with a 4.8 out of 5 stars.

The reviewers and app critics recommend this app for its simple and elegant design, push notifications and all the tools offered for responding the user’s feedbacks and comments.

Although this might seem as the perfect app, from the reviewers point of view, we also see some of the wishes and concerns some of the users have:

“I wish there was a way to see the commit history. When looking at the source files, I wish there was a way to turn off the text reflow, along with simple text editing (for small corrections). I also wish I could see the commit tree.”

“The mentioning experience needs some improvement. And what I really need is support for GitHub projects. We use GitHub for our whole sprint management and the lack of a mobile support for projects is one of my main grievances.”

Mihnea Bondor
Author: Mihnea Bondor

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