Code repository GitHub has been snatched up by Microsoft for a neat $7.5bn. GitHub is popular with developers and companies alike which use the site to host their projects, code and documents. This acquisition has received a mixed bag of reactions thus far.
This is another step in Microsoft recent journey in trying to win respect from the developer and creator communities, with those who distrust the tech giant possibly deciding to move away from the long-loved GitHub. In fact, since the rumours began of this acquisition appeared, GitLab, one of GitHub’s main competitors has reported 10x the number of normal repositories moving across to them.
It’s no surprise that this deal is going ahead after Microsoft killed off their own GitHub competitor, Codeplex, last December and is now one of the top contributors to GitHub. However, it seems that earning the trust of the dev communities won’t come easy as after the botched Skype deal and the large job cuts from Nokia, concerns are already being voice about this latest acquisition.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained “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.”
This deal follows the mammoth acquisition that Microsoft completed two years ago, nabbing the social network LinkedIn for the enormous sum of $26.2bn. The question around this acquisition will be what Microsoft does with GitHub in the future. LinkedIn has largely remained separate, with some integrations into Microsoft’s Office software.
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