Open-source die-hards must have been crashed when news first broke out that Microsoft is in talks to acquire GitHub. The largest code repository, which has grown to be quite popular among developers and other big companies hosting their entire projects, documentation, and code.
Even big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple and even Microsoft use GitHub. For the record, Microsoft is now the top contributor to GitHub; the company has some 1,000 employees actively pushing out codes into the repository. So the move by Microsoft to acquire the platform should not come as a big surprise. Though it is interesting to note the company had a competing depository Codeplex, but Microsoft decided to kill it, and have its developers (devs) contribute to GitHub.
It is reported that there are over 85 million repositories hosted on the platform, with about 28 million devs actively contributing to it.
It is now no longer a ‘bar rumor’ Microsoft came out and confirmed it is paying up $7.5 billion in stock for GitHub, in a deal that will be closed by the end of this year. This deal is as good …read more