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Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5 billion, but will stay independent platform

Microsoft has confirmed its acquisition over GitHub for the whopping price of $7.5 billion. Earlier last week, rumours were flying that Microsoft could buy GitHub, but this news has now been officially confirmed by both GitHub and Microsoft on their official Twitter accounts.

GitHub is one of the most popular places for developers community and is home to almost 57 million repositories. It is the largest host of source code in the world.

Microsoft has promised to keep the GitHub independent and open. The company will not pay the GitHub in cash, both the parties have come to an agreement, where the Microsoft will pay in the GitHub owners in shares.

The developer community still holds some doubts in their minds about this merger. As they are not clear of the fact, whether, after the acquisition, GitHub will remain a neutral open source platform for developers or not.

During the press call, which includes GitHub outgoing CEO Chris Wanstrath, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and incoming GitHub CEO Nat Friedman have formulated the plans for GitHub future.

Microsoft acquires GitHub

Microsoft acquires GitHub

During the press call, GitHub new CEO stressed on the Microsoft commitment to keep GitHub a neutral open space platform for the developers. But the company is planning to expand its services and community. Microsoft plans to extend GitHub services and integrate it with their own partner channels, CEO Satya Nadella said that the company will integrate its developer tools and services with GitHub.

Microsoft aims to make the GitHub, a platform where the developer can use any language, any device, any cloud, making the coding for developers relatively easy. Microsoft free open source code editor “VS Code” will also get integrated into the GitHub support in a well-rooted manner.

Nadella has made a statement that “We recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement”. He has also mentioned that they listen to the feedback of the community and will keep improving the system.


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