Microsoft in Talks to Buy GitHub

Microsoft in Talks to Buy GitHub

Microsoft in Talks to Buy GitHub

There's no word yet as to how much Microsoft paid for GitHub in this acquisition.

Microsoft is contemplating a full acquisition of the popular code repository, GitHub. Talks have been on-and-off for a number of years, but recently it appears that the talks have become more serious, especially as GitHub's current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, is departing the company.

Microsoft declined to comment, and GitHub representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. GitHub was last valued in 2015 at $2 billion. The company joined the Open Source Initiative as a full member late past year and has also open-sourced various components of Windows itself, alongside many other gestures of goodwill.

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Now even the big companies of our day, including Microsoft, use Github as an important tool in their software development processes. Just six months ago, GitHub showed its determination to stay independent, seeking funding and later pursuing an initial public offering, however, it seems the company is changing its course.

GitHub is an essential tool for coders.

Rumors have been circulating for a few days that Microsoft has been in discussions to acquire GitHub. One closely watched aspect of this deal will be whether fierce competitors like Amazon Web Services and Google continue to store code on a Microsoft-owned property. 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. GitHub is now without a CEO, following last year's departure of Chris Wanstrath, who was GitHub's founder and previously held the position. It's also a social network of sorts for developers.

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