Microsoft Buys GitHub, and Some People Are Pissed

Microsoft Buys GitHub, and Some People Are Pissed

Microsoft Buys GitHub, and Some People Are Pissed

Microsoft has reportedly acquired the San Francisco-based hosting service and might announce the deal as soon as Monday, a Bloomberg report said, according to "people familiar with the matter".

GitHub is the google docs for developers, which allows them to collaborate and share work with each other easily. Microsoft is the top contributor to the site, and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub.

After closing the acquisition, expected by the end of the calendar year, GitHub will become a part of Microsoft's Intelligent Cloud unit.

Microsoft has been a developer-focused company from the very first product we created to the platforms and tools we offer today.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called the move a way for Microsoft to "strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation".

Github, on the other hand, claims to now support a community of more than 27 million people who share and work together to build software.

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Microsoft has confirmed reports that it is acquiring software development platform GitHub. 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.

If confirmed, the acquisition will concern many developers anxious about what Microsoft will do to GitHub as a service. In case you're wondering what will happen to current CEO Chris Wanstrath, he'll continue his work as a Microsoft technical fellow.

Microsoft will partly help GitHub expand to more developers in large organizations, a market the tech giant knows well.

That said, GitHub is more significant than Microsoft, and its unlikely its objective will be modified once the Redmond-based giant takes over day-to-day operations.

In August, GitHub announced that it was looking for a CEO to replace Chris Wanstrath, one of the company's co-founders. Potential synergies also exist between GitHub and Microsoft's hybrid cloud platform Azure, as well as LinkedIn.

Over the past few years, GitHub and Microsoft were having conversations to pursue acquisition but nothing materialized. The Microsoft store on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is shown June 4, 2018 in New York City.

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