Microsoft Acquires Github for $7.5 Billion

After several weeks of rumours, Microsoft has confirmed that it has acquired GitHub, the popular Git-based code sharing and collaboration service. This is Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella’s second big acquisition following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn two years ago.

The software giant is paying $7.5 billion in stocks for GitHub that was last valued at $2 billion back in 2012.

Github co-founders: Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett and TomPreston-Werner
For software developers, this is an interesting news because GitHub is a large scale repository popular among developers and companies hosting entire projects, documentation and codes. Apple, Amazon, Google and many other big tech companies use GitHub—home to about 28 million developers.

In December last year, Microsoft killed its own GitHub competitor, Codeplex and is currently one of the top contributors to the platform (With over 1,000 employees actively pushing GitHub repositories. The coming days will tell maybe the move will help Microsoft earn some much-needed trust and respect from developers.

 

“We will accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services,” -Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.

 

On the issue of general concerns of important tools and internet services being consolidated into the hands of a few big tech companies, Nadella explaines that the company’s commitment to open source solutions should help to ease the concerns.“When it comes to our commitment to open source, judge us by the actions we have taken in the recent past, our actions today, and in the future,” he said. Nadella added that the deal, expected to close by the end of this year, will speed moves into cloud and artificial intelligence.

It is important to note that Microsoft has been actively pushing open source technology in recent years with projects like PowersShell, Visual Studio Code, Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine and partnering with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to windows 10. The recent acqutition of Xamarin to assist with mobile app development is also a big positive on this direction. GitHub, which will operate independently, will be led by Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Xamarin and a current Microsoft developer-tools executive.
“Most importantly, we recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement…We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently and remain an open platform. We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals and new capabilities.”- Satya Nadella
Microsoft has struggled with developer love for years and only time will tell in how this latest relationship will unfold. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft does with GitHub in the future and how developers feel about the latest development…..lets hear your thoughts, is it a yeah or Nay?

Opeyemi Olugbemiro

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