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With more than 4.5 million users, 1.5 million added in 2013 alone, code collaboration platform GitHub solidified its position as king of open-source software development. Now, thanks to its introduction of "version control"—think Microsoft Word's "track changes" feature, writ large—GitHub wants to banish that blizzard of email attachments that weighs down project-based work in companies. "Teams see how [the coders] are working," says Tim Clem, GitHub's SVP of product, "and they say, 'Hey, why are we not doing that?'" GitHub built several new features to aid this vision: a new repository layout optimized for daily use, better text-editing tools, a mobile site, and new file viewers for noncode documents such as maps and 3-D files.
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