Computer News & Safety tips  – Harry Waldron MVP Rotating Header Image

Microsoft – GitHub web repository service purchased for 7.5 billion

GitHub is the world’s largest web-based project hosting, service used by 28 million developers and for 57 million project repositories. GitHub has been purchased by Microsoft for $7.5 billion.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/361539/report-microsoft-to-acquire-github

The name GitHub may not mean much to you, but for developers it’s a big deal. GitHub is the largest host of source code in the world; it hosts over 57 million project repositories and over 28 million users rely on it to keep that code safe and accessible. Now Microsoft owns it.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed the acqusition, stating “Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation… We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”

Talk of an acquisition concerned developers yesterday, who were understandably worried about what Microsoft would do to the service. Microsoft is focused on selling proprietary software, whereas GitHub has always been a friend of open source, offering free accounts to such projects. Activity overnight reflected this concern is real, with GitHub alternative GitLab enjoying a huge surge is project migrations from GitHub.

Developers can relax a little, though. Microsoft explained that, “GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.” In other words, GitHub will continue to operate as normal, without any big changes happening, at least for now.

Comments are closed.