Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5 billion

MIcrosoft buy GitHub

The news is causing some angst for programmers - GitHub is the center of the world of open source software development, and Microsoft has a history of treating open source like the enemy. GitLab, an open-source alternative to GitHub, is reporting 10x the normal daily amount of created repositories. GitHub began by focusing on open-source software but has since branched into services that let large companies like Facebook use it for more sensitive, proprietary projects.

GitHub hosts 27 million software developers working on 80 million repositories of code.

GitHub, based in San Francisco, has had its share of troubles over the past year. A lot has changed since then, and under current CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is supporting many flavors of Linux and has used open-source models on some significant cloud and developer products itself.

Microsoft has confirmed that they will officially be acquiring the developer network, GitHub. Wanstrath will be replaced as CEO by Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Xamarin, which Microsoft acquired in 2016.

"Microsoft's purchase of GitHub could provide tools for users to develop applications on its Azure Cloud platform", said Ivan Feinseth, Chief Investment Officer at markets research firm Tigress Financial Partners. Any software update or blockchain crisis, most of the technical errors and bugs are sorted using GitHub. Nadella was also at the helm during Microsoft's most recent acquisition of LinkedIn, for $26.2 billion.

When GitHub first launched ten years ago, I could have never imagined this headline.

"Developers will be at the center of solving the world's most pressing challenges", Nadella said in a blog post Monday. We'll see how it all shakes out in due time, but for now, head down to the comments section and let us know what you think now that the deal is official. Microsoft is a company focused on selling proprietary software, where as GitHub has always been a friend of open source, offering free accounts to such projects.

Today, every company is becoming a software company and developers are at the center of digital transformation; they drive business processes and functions across organizations from customer service and HR to marketing and IT.

According to Microsoft, GitHub will adhere to its "developer-first" ethos and will continue to be operated "independently" as a platform-agnostic service.

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