Update: Microsoft is acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion. Github’s acquisition is likely to help influence Microsoft’s developer tools to come out in the future. That said, in a press release for the acquisition, Satya Nadella stated, “Most importantly, we recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement. We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently and remain an open platform. We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals and new capabilities.”
Software giant Microsoft is planning to acquire the popular coding website GitHub. According to a report by Bloomberg, “people familiar with the matter” claim that both the companies could be making the announcement as early as tomorrow. For people that don’t know what GitHub is, it is a code-repository company using code by software developers. Here, software developers can keep their code and other developers or contributors can check the changes in the code as and when done by the developer.
They can report issues with the code or even issue fixes to potential issues that have been reported so that the developer can incorporate them into their project. Other developers or users can also download the code of the project for their own use or to create a variation on the project commonly known as a fork. The report pointed out that this would bring Microsoft back to its roots of focusing on developers and working with code. It went on to add that in the early 2000s, Microsoft was critical of the kind of model that GitHub has created which focused on sharing and improving the code.
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However, a lot has changed since then as the company has come to embrace open-source while itself open-sourcing a number of its own tools. While GitHub has issued an official statement about the report of acquisition, Corporate VP of communications for Microsoft added, “You know we don’t ever comment on this sort of rumor” while speaking to TechCrunch. It went on to add that if the acquisition goes through then it will give Microsoft access to about 27 million software developers.
This is not the first time such reports have emerged on the internet. Similar reports emerged last week regarding both the companies discussing such a possibility. This comes right after Microsoft added that it is going to add support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in Xbox with a ‘Digitial Assistant’ section.