Microsoft confirmed today that it plans on buying GitHub, one of the world’s leading software development platform for $7.5 billion. As analyzed previously, this is Microsoft’s second largest transaction (after LinkedIn) since Satya Nadella took the reins, replacing former boss Steve Ballmer.
As of this month, there are 85 million repositories on GitHub, with more than 28 million developers contributing to them, according to GitHub’s own stats. GitHub has evolved to become the top destination for developers and coders to share their projects in the past decade.
Why Microsoft with GitHub?
“Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness, and innovation,” Nadella said. “We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”
Microsoft announced the shutting of its own version of GitHub called CodePlex around the same time last year. The company prompted developers on CodePlex to move their projects to GitHub, and offered up an import tool to make the process easier.
“GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects—and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device,” Microsoft said.
This acquisition however, has raised concern among certain developers. According to Fortune, some of GitHub’s users think Microsoft’s leadership will get in the way of what GitHub is all about, and are looking at alternatives, such as GitLab.
We can only establish the fruit of this deal with time. Until then, speculations make up the market with the deal that is expected to close by the end of 2018.