Microsoft acquires Github for $7.5bn

06 June, 2018, 19:14 | Author: Jeannette Greene
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"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". Microsoft has since become more involved in the software development field even working with rivals Android and iOS. This is the company's second biggest acquisition next to the LinkedIn buyout at $26.2 billion. It is unclear whether talks are still ongoing, but this person said that GitHub's price for a full acquisition was more than Microsoft now wanted to pay. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2018, pending regulatory approval. We first reported on Friday after BusinessInsider first broke the news of Microsoft intention to acquire the the code repository company popular with many software developers. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects - and will still be able to deploy their code on any cloud and any device. Wanstrath will be replaced as CEO by Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Xamarin, which Microsoft acquired in 2016. Friedman will be directly under Scott Guthrie, who is the Cloud and AI chief over at Microsoft.

Microsoft past year shut down CodePlex, its own rival for GitHub, saying the latter was the dominant location for open source sharing and that most such projects had already migrated there.

The partnership should provide more opportunities and also more resources to developers which will allow them to push their creativity and achieve more. The privately-held company has more than 23 million individual users in more than 1.5 million organizations. "GitHub has been looking for leadership and help for a while now". Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend.


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Cloud industry analysts praised the deal, saying Microsoft's "all-in" approach to open-source development gives it a leg up over Amazon Web Services (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Google Cloud (NASDAQ: GOOGL) in the competition to attract developers of applications-especially enterprise applications-to Microsoft Azure.

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