Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5 billion

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to acquire GitHub Inc., the code repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter. As Nadella increasingly moves the company away from complete dependence on the Windows operating system to more in-house development on Linux, the company needs new ways to connect with the broader developer community.

However, the site's biggest contributor is in fact Microsoft itself, with more than 1,000 of its employees said to be actively writing code for projects hosted on the site, Bloomberg reported. Some, noting changes happening at the company since Satya Nadella became CEO in 2014, said they believed Microsoft would be a good steward for GitHub.

The company says that it is today "all-in on open source" and promises to maintain open access. Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with the aim of developing software products for personal computers to give hobbyists an avenue for seamlessly programming their own projects. That means the company can embrace open-source tools it once shunned. GitHub has also not responded to media inquiries to the potential acquisition. The stepping down of CEO Chris Wanstrath previous year created slight feelings of unease, and a replacement is yet to be found for him.




Microsoft is acquiring GitHub because it's a flawless fit for its own ambitions to be the go-to platform for every developer, and every developer need, no matter the platform.

GitHub is "like google docs for developers", allowing them to share and collaborate easily.

While some developers seem unhappy about an acquisition, it's possible that Microsoft's interest is GitHub's saving grace. The news comes after days of speculation about the deal. It's also a social network of sorts for developers. There's no official confirmation yet or how much Microsoft is paying, but the last time GitHub raised new funding back in 2015, the company was valued at roughly $2 billion. Unlike many online publications, we don't have a paywall or run banner advertising, because we want to keep our journalism open, without influence or the need to chase traffic.

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