Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

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Microsoft snaps up GitHub for $7.5 billion ars_ab.settitle(1318691)

Microsoft has announced that it has agreed to acquire GitHub for $7.5bn (£5.6m) in Microsoft stock.

That said, GitHub is more significant than Microsoft, and its unlikely its goal will be modified once the Redmond-based giant takes over day-to-day operations. Microsoft holds that GitHub is the world's leading software development platform and home to 85 million code repositories.

"[.] the real power comes when every developer can create together, collaborate, share code and build on each other's work". A considerable measure has changed from that point forward, and under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft is supporting numerous tastes of Linux and has utilized open-source models on some critical cloud and designer items. It seems the reports were true as Microsoft in a blog post officially announced its acquisition of GitHub, furthering the Redmond giant's focus on developers and "solving the world's most pressing challenges". GitHub CEO and Co-Founder Chris Wanstrath will become a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting to Guthrie.

GitHub will still operate independently from Microsoft, with Nat Friedman, now Microsoft Corporate's vice president, assuming the role of GitHub CEO. It is unclear whether talks are still ongoing, but this person said that GitHub's price for a full acquisition was more than Microsoft now wanted to pay.

GitHub preferred selling the company to going public and chose Microsoft partially because it was impressed by Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, the report states. But Microsoft has also been skeptical of open-source in the past, as it threatened their business model, which relies on proprietary technology.

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Microsoft's projects actually attracted the most contributors compared to any other on GitHub past year - almost double that of Facebook, the next most popular.

The companies have reportedly had several discussions about partnership in recent years, but those close to GitHub's decision told media outlets that talks have grown increasingly more serious.

The two have confirmed that Github will operate independently of Microsoft, as an open platform using all programming languages, tools and operating systems for any project. Those projects have typically used open-source software development techniques while keeping some code proprietary.

"We, Microsoft, hope to earn that trust as well", he said.

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