$7 Billion to acquire GitHub

GitHub, the largest software developer’s community has been acquired by Microsoft. Microsoft confirmed it through a post about its acquisition  in $7.5 Billion.

GitHub was introduced by Linux founder Linus Torvalds in 2005. Earlier in the year 2016, Microsoft attempted to buy but didn’t succeed.

This platform is used by almost every big tech companies i.e. Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google. Furthermore, Microsoft is the most active organization with more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to GitHub repositories.There are 85 million repositories hosted, and 28 million developers contribute to them.

GitHub is the second big acquisition of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s as they acquired LinkedIn two years ago at $26.2 billion.

Further, GitHub will now be led by CEO Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin.

“We will accelerate enterprise developer’s use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partners channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services,” says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Time will tell where this decision will take GitHub and Microsoft. Hope this will not be the case as Nokia.


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