The latest version of our Electron-based GitHub Desktop app has just launched. With the GitHub Desktop 1.3 release, you’ll be notified when your branch diverges from your repository’s default branch.

We’ve found that one of the easiest ways to prevent really complicated merge conflicts is to merge early and often. But if you’re working on a branch, you shouldn’t have to lose your focus just to periodically check if there are updates on the master branch. You’ll now be notified about changes on your default branch that are not in your current branch, and hopefully prevent merge conflicts from getting unwieldy:

Notification screenshot

This release also enables you to more easily keep up with changes across your repositories. You’ll now be able to see which repositories have had recent activity, uncommitted changes, and unpushed changes without having to click into each one:

Repository list screenshot

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