Microsoft to acquire GitHub

Avatar By Neil Raymond | 2 years ago

Microsoft is about to finalize their purchase of the coding website GitHub, according to Techscrunch.com and businessinsider.com. The technology giant continues to look for new developers and start-up companies, and GitHub is seemingly on the way to being its latest acquisition. Assuming that the purchase goes through as planned, Microsoft will have access to an astounding 27 million software developers.

Interestingly, it seems that the sale may have also been driven by GitHub’s failure to acquire effective leadership. GitHub has been struggling since CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath resigned from his post last year. As a result, they were very impressed with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, who has been very effective for the company since taking over, and has been instrumental in successfully pursuing both coders and coding initiatives for the software giant.

Nadella has been quoted as saying that “the opportunity for developers to have broad impact on all parts of society has never been greater, but with this opportunity comes enormous responsibility.” Earlier this year, GitHub was hit by the largest DDoS attack on record, though the website was back online after 10 minutes. It has been suggested that this event would not have happened under more effective leadership.

It is unknown at the time, what will happen to GitHub and its loyal community upon Microsoft’s takeover. Microsoft’s corporate VP of communications Frank S. Shaw has issued the following on the matter to Techscrunch: “you know we don’t ever comment on this sort of rumor.”