Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, reported that GitHub opted to sell to Microsoft in part because the company was impressed with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who took the reins from former chief executive Steve Ballmer in 2014.
Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has already reached an agreement to purchase the company. Gaining access to millions of developers and projects is a positive, but only if they continue using the service.
In recent years, GitHub's popularity as a platform has disguised problems within the business.
We'll see if the "new" Microsoft can win over the critics, the way it's largely done with its Mojang acquisition.
Github, on the other hand, claims to now support a community of more than 27 million people who share and work together to build software.
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Wanstrath said in a blog post Monday that he could never have imagined this deal a decade ago, when "Git was a powerful but niche tool, clouds were just things in the sky, and Microsoft was a very different company". Microsoft is a company focused on selling proprietary software, where as GitHub has always been a friend of open source, offering free accounts to such projects. Primary among them is the likelihood that competitors to Microsoft would move their code repositories off GitHub, diminishing its value as a community.
The coding company is one of the biggest resources in the world for software developers.
GitHub, founded in 2008, is a platform where software developers can go to host and review each other's code. Rumors have been in the air for quite some time now of the intentions by Microsoft to seal the deal with respect to buying GitHub this year.
We both believe GitHub needs to remain an open platform for all developers.
Conversely, of course, pre-Nadella, Microsoft wasn't working, and its embracing of open source has probably saved it from complete irrelevance. Many corporations, including Microsoft and Google, use it to store their corporate code and to collaborate.
More than 28 million software developers use GitHub, and the San Francisco company said its website holds 85 million code repositories.