If Microsoft does acquire GitHub, it could be seen as a visible attempt to further integrate Linux and Windows and increase interoperability, as demonstrated by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) compatibility layer found in Windows 10.
While earlier reports pegged this transaction to be valued at around $2 billion, Microsoft has today announced that it is officially acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion.
This means that we have to wait for official communications from both Microsoft and GitHub to confirm the acquisition. Lowering the pricing on private accounts would also be a positive. 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.
We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently and remain an open platform. However, there are Microsoft products and services - for example, Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) - that Microsoft will need to decide how to integrate with GitHub. GitHub is the largest host of source code in the world, having over 57 million project repositories and over 20 million users relying on it to keep that code safe and accessible.
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It is understood that GitHub consciously chose to be acquired rather than launch an IPO and Nadella's attitude was said to be part of the reason for selecting Microsoft. That's because there is a lot of distrust of Microsoft in this cohort, which is understandable given Microsoft's history.
The news of the takeover comes at a time when GitHub is reportedly find a replacement for CEO and founder Chris Wanstrath, who announced his resignation a year ago.
Bloomberg reported that the company was swayed to sell instead of going public because it was impressed with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. The site allows developers to upload open-source software so other developers can tweak and improve upon the code. Since its founding in 2011, GitHub has become an essential tool for some of the biggest tech companies such as Apple, Amazon, and Google.