Several rumors were made about the purchase of GitHub and Microsoft was the one who gave the official announcement of its new acquisition. microsoft intends with this purchase to boost programming tools and have better and constant free software development on GitHub.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the merger between the two firms will strengthen Microsoft's commitment to innovation and freedom in software development. This acquisition was not cheap because the disbursement by Microsoft in this investment was 7.500 million dollars paid in Microsoft shares.
With which this is the second major acquisition for CEO Satya Nadella after LinkedIn in which he paid about $ 26,2 billion dollars. We can also not forget or give for less the acquisition of Nokia for 7.200 billion dollars in September 2013 and aQuantive 6.333 million dollars in August 2007.
For those who still do not know GitHub this is a collaborative development platform to host projects using the Git version control system. The code for projects hosted on GitHub is typically stored publicly, although using a paid account, it also allows hosting private repositories.
“Developers are the pioneers of this digital age, and GitHub is their home. We will embrace the use of GitHub by enterprise developers through our sales channels and partners, as well as access to Microsoft's global infrastructure and cloud services “this is an important step forward for Nadella's announcement.
What does Microsoft intend with this move?
Microsoft was already actively present on GitHub with about 2 million confirmations and thousands of developers who feed the repository daily. The company led by Nadella recovers a certain centrality that had been lost in the world of software development in recent years.
On a practical level for GitHub users, at least for now, nothing will change. Microsoft's goal is to promote the use of the platform by companies, integrating its services with those of GitHub.
What will happen to GitHub?
GitHub has around 28 million users, hosts 85 million repositories.
Even with the confirmation directly by Microsoft of the purchase of GitHub Hundreds of active developers of this platform dissatisfied began to migrate their projects to open source competitor GitLab.
On the other hand, Microsoft for its part intends to have a benefit in terms of the growth of its computing services in the cloud with this movement.
Regarding theInternal changes Nat Friedman (Microsoft Vice President) will serve as CEO of GitHub after the acquisition, on the other hand by the GitHub staff Chris Wanstrath (current GitHub CEO) will take over as technical advisor with which his main focus will be to work on strategic software initiatives.
“The era of cloud intelligence and computational intelligence is upon us. Informatics is being integrated into the world, with every part of our daily life and work and every aspect of our society and economy being transformed by digital technology. Developers are the builders of this new age, writing the code of the world. And GitHub is your home.
Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects, and will be able to deploy their code on any operating system, any cloud and any device. " Satya Nadella commented.
Although many people do not agree with this movement, there is nothing left to see how the possible changes in the platform that will come after this develop.