Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub

Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub, and could announce the deal as early as Monday. Bloomberg reports that the software giant has agreed to acquire GitHub, and that the company chose Microsoft partly because of CEO Satya Nadella. Business Insider first reported that Microsoft had been in talks with GitHub recently.

GitHub is a vast code repository that has become popular with developers and companies hosting their projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. Microsoft is the top contributor to the site, and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub. Microsoft even hosts its own original Windows File Manager source code on GitHub. The service was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, but it’s not clear exactly how much Microsoft has paid to acquire GitHub.

Microsoft has been rapidly investing in open source technology since Satya Nadella took over the CEO role. Microsoft has open sourced PowerShell, Visual Studio Code, and the Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine. Microsoft also partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10, and acquired Xamarin to assist with mobile app development.

Microsoft is also using the open source Git version control system for Windows development, and the company even brought SQL Server to Linux. Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code, which lets developers build and debug web and cloud applications, has soared in popularity with developers. Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition will likely mean we’ll start to see even closer integration between Microsoft’s developer tools and the service. At Build last month, Microsoft continued its close work with GitHub by integrating the service into the company’s App Center for developers.

There will likely be questions around Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition, especially among some open source advocates who are wary of Microsoft’s involvement. If Microsoft does indeed announce this acquisition on Monday then developers won’t have too long to wait to get a better idea of Microsoft’s GitHub plans.

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Monday morning: misteriously Linux repo on Github is gone

Yeah I have mixed feelings about this. Will the likes of Google, Apple and Amazon now pull their repos (specially private ones, if they have any) from GitHub? Would be interesting.

All these companies have YouTube accounts, including Microsoft. I don’t think they’re that petty.

You’re not even close in your analogy. I mean, is not even in the same league. With GitHub being used as a really popular dev tool, they could see private code of their competitors without anyone stopping them.

YouTubes not a great example. I think more relevant is that Apple at leasts hosts services on MS/Google etc servers so its not like they don’t have vital infrastructure and source running off competitors platforms.

I could see some companies pulling their code but to be perfectly honest I can see that being more a PR move than any great concern about the codes privacy. If anything ownership by MS may boost the level of trust and certainly if Microsoft is found to be abusing its ownership of the service to spy on private projects, the value of GitHub will drop overnight if companies can’t trust them with the source and mass migrate elsewhere. It’s in Microsofts interest for them to ensure their security and privacy both to keep GitHub relevant but also as part of showing their ability to offer secure cloud solutions (Azure) at a much broader level to consumers and more importantly, businesses and government providers.

This could take years to be revealed

Uhh…companies as large as Google, Apple, and MS will use their own in house version control software if its anything that "secretive".

Apple uses Azure and AWS for its iCloud…..these companies arent fanboys on a message board.

Are you saying that everyone from github can see anything in my private repository? I don’t think that’s how it works.

From github website :

No GitHub employees ever access private repositories unless required to for support reasons.

So it’s exactly how it works.

Yep, that’s exactly what I’m saying. No encryption at all.

I mean considering Linux runs on Windows 10 I doubt Microsoft would get rid of it.

LoL. That’s now how it works. Anyone doing anything commercial and "private" will run his own GitHub (private) server inside their (private) network.

I know how it works. That’s why I said If they have any.

And why would you assume they’re using GitHub Enterprise? Google uses Piper internally. Apple and Amazon use their own internal systems (Amazon probably uses CodeCommit internally as well). Even Microsoft won’t drop their internal VSTS based projects for GitHub because VSTS is actually a lot more integrated into their toolchain (specially Azure).

My comment was purely based on PR reasons and not because they think MS will be snooping around their private code (something Microsoft would never do).

Monday morning: misteriously Linux repo on Github is gone

I don’t want to take away from the joke (because it is funny) but on a semi-serious note it’s interesting to watch how quickly things change.

Microsoft went from "Linux is cancer" to creating two Linux distros themselves and contributing to the kernel in the space of 10 years.

Really, really interesting acquisition…

I am curious as to what they plan to do with it. I feel like a lot of value in this is cementing their mindshare amongst developers as a more friendly giant in terms open-sourcing their code.

I suspect control of Electron was really appealing to MS, in addition to GitHub’s core business.

What would be the purpose? Electron is open source. And it relies on Node.js (another unrelated open source project) and Chromium (the open source basis for Chrome). So in effect, Electron is packaging for NodeJs and Chromium.

Great question:

Microsoft uses Electron for VS Code, which is becoming one of its core IDEs (it’s up there in the hero on visualstudio.com), which means it’s completely bought into Electron as a platform.

Turns out you don’t need to care about who owns the building blocks in order to run a successful product. That’s a good lesson for those hating on this acquisition

Why would they want Electron if they’re as serious about PWA as they claim? VSCode will/would/should be moved to PWA eventually.

For a company like MS they cannot go all in on any one specific development platform. They have to hedge because it is near impossible to predict what technologies that developers will embrace.

I am curious as to what they plan to do with it.

They want to own the dev pipeline. i.e. write, test, deploy is all using Azure services in some shape or form.

Don’t forget they own access to the talent pool too. Much of the IT world exists on linkedin(like it or not).

Not cool. Microsoft is probably one of the best large tech companies to grab it but I hate to see it go to any of them.

Seeing as they maintain [some of] the largest Open Source projects on GitHub it really seems like a perfect fit for them to own it. Agreed though it does seem like an entity that shouldn’t be under a parent company.

But why do they have to own it?
If Github was this neutral ground where commerical companies could contribute to Open Source, perhaps it was better for it to remain neutral.

MS could contribute to it, help fund it, without possessing it.

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