Microsoft acquires coding site GitHub

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Software industry leader Microsoft has agreed to acquire GitHub, with company selection stemming from the influence of CEO Satya Nadella, according to a Bloomberg report.

As a code repository, GitHub has become popular with developers and companies hosting their projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and many other well-known technology companies use GitHub.

Microsoft is the top contributor, with more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub. Notably, Microsoft hosts its own original Windows File Manager source code on GitHub. The service was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, but it’s not clear exactly how much Microsoft has paid to acquire GitHub.

From the commencement time of Nadella’s transition as CEO, Microsoft has been rapidly investing in open source technology Microsoft has open sourced PowerShell, Visual Studio Code, and the Microsoft Edge JavaScript engine. Microsoft also partnered with Canonical to bring Ubuntu to Windows 10 and acquired Xamarin to assist with mobile app development.

Microsoft 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 developers build and debug web and cloud applications, has soared in popularity with developers.

There remains a high probability for users to observe closer integrations between Microsoft’s developer tools and the service, following Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition. At Build last month, Microsoft continued its close work with GitHub by integrating the service into the company’s App Center for developers.