Monday, 19 November, 2018

Is Microsoft acquiring GitHub?

Oscar Goodwin | 04 June, 2018, 11:23

In 2015, GitHub was valued at $2 billion.

So what does it mean for the world's biggest crowd-sourced code repository to be bought by the world's biggest software company? Last August, the company said it wanted a replacement for CEO Chris Wanstrath - one of GitHub's founders. GitHub has also been undergoing executive changes. It also helps Microsoft, which is increasingly relying on open-source software, to add programming tools and tie up with a company that has become a key part of the way Microsoft writes its own software. Many tech companies and individual developers use the platform to store and share certain code, and collaborate.

GitHub is an essential tool for coders.

Microsoft has been trying to move towards open source philosophy after Satya Nadella took over.

Negotiations talks by the tech giant Microsoft to acquire GitHub started in 2016, but never advanced enough, until now. According to Business Insider, the two technology companies came together to discuss a joint market venture and a potential acquisition too. Although there are no confirmations from either party, the sources of Business Insider, assure that GitHub would be willing to carry out an agreement, if certain conditions are respected. The actual terms of the deal remain unknown.

So by that measure, this deal will be the real test of Microsoft's newfound love for open-source software and multiplatform development.

Apparently, this isn't the first time that Microsoft has considered purchasing GitHub. Assuming they have the in-house expertise, software teams could simply use the Git project on hosted or cloud services to manage the version control process themselves, although that would involve sacrificing some of the flexibility provided by the Github user interface.

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