Microsoft to take on Amazon with US$7.5b GitHub deal

Jun 05, 2018, 00:44
Microsoft to take on Amazon with US$7.5b GitHub deal

Microsoft (msft) is expected to announce later today that it has acquired GitHub, a code repository. In a press release, the organization stated that 'Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle.' The acquisition is happening just a year after Microsoft aborted their own GitHub competitor, CodePlex. Their VS Code project alone is beloved by millions of developers, entirely open source, and built using GitHub's Electron platform.

GitHub is the google docs for developers, which allows them to collaborate and share work with each other easily. There are even rumors that Microsoft's core operating platform, Windows, may become open-source.

Microsoft's vice president of developer services, Nat Friedman, will become the new head of GitHub. "The future of software development is bright, and I'm thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality", Wanstrath said.

GitHub for its part was reportedly willing to sell itself to Microsoft than going public because it was "impressed" with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and how he actively backed programmers and programming initiatives since he took over the reins of the company back in 2014. The company also remains firm on its open source ecosystem. Any software update or blockchain crisis, most of the technical errors and bugs are sorted using GitHub.

Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for the popular coder hangout GitHub. And Microsoft has been interested in GitHub for a few years.

Open-source programming enables designers to tinker with, enhance, and offer code - an approach that undermined Microsoft's plan of action. We'll see how it all shakes out in due time, but for now, head down to the comments section and let us know what you think now that the deal is official. It can't replace CEO and founder Chris Wanstrath, who stepped down 10 months ago.

Simple: In this age of competing cloud and mobile platforms, many of which it does not control, Microsoft needs to get its superior software development tools and services in front of more developers. The companies involved with GitHub own the resulting software applications.

According to its website, Gitlab - an open source project - is used by more than 100,000 organisations and has a community of more than 2,000 people who contributed code.

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