Microsoft acquires GitHub

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Microsoft is expected to officially announce it has acquired GitHub, a vast code repository that has become popular with developers and companies hosting their projects, documentation, and code.

According to Bloomberg, GitHub chose Microsoft partly because of CEO Satya Nadella. Business Insider first reported that Microsoft had been in talks with GitHub recently. It is worthy to note that Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub although Microsoft is the top contributor to the site, and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub.

Microsoft’s move is not a surprise since the company hosts its own original Windows File Manager source code on GitHub.

While there has not been an official mention of what Microsoft is paying for GitHub, the service was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015.

It would be recalled that Microsoft has been investing in open source technology since Satya Nadella took over the CEO role. Microsoft has open sourced PowerShellVisual Studio Code, and the Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine.

Microsoft also has a partnership with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and acquired Xamarin to assist with mobile app development.

Microsoft relies on the open source Git version control system for Windows development, and the company even brought SQL Server to Linux.

“Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, which lets developers build and debug web and cloud applications, has soared in popularity with developers,” Verge reported.

There are indications that the acquisition of GitHub will bring about a much closer integration between Microsoft’s developer tools and the service.

At Build last month, Microsoft continued its close work with GitHub by integrating the service into the company’s App Center for developers.

“There will likely be questions around Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition, especially among some open source advocates who are wary of Microsoft’s involvement. If Microsoft does indeed announce this acquisition on Monday then developers won’t have too long to wait to get a better idea of Microsoft’s GitHub plans,” The Verge reported.

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