Microsoft has reportedly acquired GitHub and this deal could be sealed as early as today. As per the reports by Bloomberg, the software giant has agreed to acquire GitHub, and also that the company chose Microsoft partly because of CEO Satya Nadella.
To know more, GitHub is a vast code repository that has become quite popular these days with developers and companies hosting their projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other big tech companies use this GitHub. Microsoft is the top contributor to the site and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub. Microsoft has, in fact, hosted its own original Windows File Manager source code on GitHub. The service has been last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, but right now, it’s not clear exactly how much Microsoft has paid to acquire GitHub.
Microsoft, in return, 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 the developers build and debug web and cloud applications, has gained much popularity with developers.
So, now this Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition would likely mean users would perceive a 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.
However, with this, there would be likely questions about Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition, especially among some open source advocates who are wary of Microsoft’s involvement. If Microsoft does indeed announce this acquisition, then developers won’t have too long to wait to get a better idea of Microsoft’s GitHub plans.