It’s official: A new era for GitHub is about to begin
The “parent” of social coding, GitHub, was acquired by Microsoft for an eye-popping $7.5 billion. Here’s what we know so far.
Update June 4 16:00
It is done! It is here! It is official!
Microsoft announced the acquisition of GitHub for $7.5 billion that is expected to close by the end of the year.
According to the official announcement:
Acquisition will empower developers, accelerate GitHub’s growth and advance Microsoft services with new audiences
GitHub is entitled to retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries while its current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives.
I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality,” Wanstrath said. “Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere.
Chris Wanstrath, CEO at GitHub
What we know so far
Code collaboration has come a long way; a very long way indeed! From private websites, FTP servers, email and IRC to a huge community where developers work asynchronously, across the globe, on the same code. And there is one community that deserves the most credit for making social coding a reality; GitHub!
Launched in 2008, GitHub took the Git control system to a whole new level. With modern communication features inspired by social media platforms, GitHub did not just enhance the Git experience, it empowered, what’s known as, social coding. As a result, open source projects swarmed to GitHub to host code and enlarge their community.
As Cade Metz once said, GitHub is the catnip for coders!
Now, the time has come for a ground-shaking new era in the GitHub history!
GitHub has been acquired by Microsoft!
The news has spread across the globe like wildfire with Bloomberg and GitLab being among the first to cover the news. Not only that, but the assessment of the upcoming acquisition has also begun with GitLab estimating the long-term strategic implications being the fact that Microsoft wants to use GitHub as a means to drive Azure adoption.
“The way developers produce, deliver and maintain code has changed significantly in the last ten years and we applaud GitHub for being a driving force supporting the vast independent developer community through this evolution. This acquisition affirms the global importance of software developers and their influence in the enterprise. Microsoft likely acquired GitHub so it could more closely integrate it with Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and ultimately help drive compute usage for Azure.”
Sid Sijbrandij, GitLab CEO
To some, this may not even be news! Jason Fried had predicted this turn of events 4 years ago!
Prediction: If Github ends up selling itself one day, Microsoft will be the buyer.
— Jason Fried (@jasonfried) 5. Februar 2014
Let’s think for a moment what such an acquisition would mean for the GitHub community.