GitHub may soon join the Microsoft family - tech giant considers an acquisition

GitHub may soon join the Microsoft family - tech giant considers an acquisition

GitHub may soon join the Microsoft family - tech giant considers an acquisition

Open-source software allows developers to tinker with, improve upon and share code - an approach that threatened Microsoft's business model. More than 28 million developers around the world use GitHub, with Microsoft ranking as the most active organization on it. Microsoft said it will also bolster the use of GitHub by businesses, relying on its sales team, existing corporate partnerships and cloud computing infrastructure.

Microsoft says that it expects to complete the acquisition by the end of the year.

Bloomberg said the decision to go to Microsoft was partly because of the company being impressed by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.

More than 28 million developers already collaborate on GitHub, and it is home to more than 85 million code repositories used by people in almost every country. Microsoft already uses the open-source Git version control system for Windows development and at Build 2018 it announced plans to integrate GitHub directly into its own App Centre for developers.

In 2015, GitHub was valued at $2 billion.

"We recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement", Nadella wrote. The company chose to sell to Microsoft partially because of Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, according to the reports and those close to the project.

Microsoft's vice president of developer services, Nat Friedman, will become the new head of GitHub. (GOOGL), while Microsoft is its top contributor, with 1,000 employees actively pushing code to GitHub repositories.

As part of the acquisition, GitHub will continue to focus on developers.

He appealed to developers' sense of trust in GitHub, saying Microsoft will work to make the company even better by using the resources at its disposal. Potential synergies also exist between GitHub and Microsoft's hybrid cloud platform Azure, as well as LinkedIn.

He said "both believe that software development needs to become easier, more accessible, more intelligent, and more open, so more people can become developers and existing developers can spend more time focusing on the unique problems they're trying to solve".

In 2017, Microsoft shuttered its GitHub competitor, CodePlex, and partnered with GitHub on migration tools for developers who were hosting projects on CodePlex.

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