Microsoft just announced that it has acquired GitHub, the coding platform that is popular among software developers, in a deal worth $7.5 billion. The acquisition of GitHub's estimated 85 million code repositories could make Microsoft a larger host of source code globally. "Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. The move means that the estimated 28 million developers who are part of the GitHub community, will now be part of the Microsoft community--and people had a lot of feelings about that. Twitter is filled with GitHub users and coding community members and tech watchers pointing and laughing, while pointing and clicking.
Version control tools such as Git and GitHub are common tools of the trade for those working in industry software development and data science teams. While not particularly difficult to use, there is a learning curve to getting up to speed with them, particularly when used from the command line as is typical for professional software developers. Reaching a level of comfort with the system can be intimidating for junior developers entering their first industry roles who have not previously worked with it. Despite its widespread use in industry, GitHub has only recently seen increasing use in academic class settings. A significant driver of the increasing adoption in universities is the education-specific functionality contained in GitHub Classroom, which was released in 2015.
Microsoft has officially acquired the developer platform, GitHub. In June, Microsoft confirmed reports that the company was seeking a deal to purchase GitHub, a hosting service and platform geared towards computer programmers and developers. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion. Microsoft acquired them for $7.5 billion. In an announcement posted on the Official Microsoft Blog on Friday, the company announced the completion of the GitHub acquisition and laid out the future of the service.
In an effort to make its platform more accessible to developers, GitHub has announced that free users will have unlimited access to private repositories. For the first time, developers will be able to use the platform for their private projects and they can even collaborate with up to three users per repository for free. This is great news for developers that want to use private repos when applying for jobs, working on side projects or just to test a new idea in private before releasing it publicly. GitHub's public repositories are still free as well and include unlimited collaborators. In addition to empowering free users, GitHub also announced its new unified product for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise).