Rumor: Microsoft May Be Acquiring GitHub

A Microsoft cloud... sorta

Microsoft is the top contributor to the site, and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub. The all-stock deal is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval in the USA and EU.

There will be no restrictions as to the programming languages, tools and operating systems GitHub collaborators can use, and even with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman at GitHub's helm, the smaller company will continue to "operate independently".

GitHub preferred selling the company to going public and chose Microsoft partially because it was impressed by Nadella, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information.

The tech giant, based in Washington state, is a heavyweight in terms of software whose source codes are not openly available or modifiable, exactly the counter of GitHub's philosophy.

It's a change in direction for GitHub, which appeared to be exploring an IPO just two years ago, when it was valued at about $2 billion.

"We recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement", Nadella wrote.

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Nadella called attention to the company's flipped perspective on open-source software on the Monday conference call.

The all-stock deal is expected to close by the end of 2018.

The rumors you may have heard over the weekend about Microsoft acquiring GitHub in a massive transaction were true. In taking on GitHub, which has yet to turn a profit, Microsoft is hoping to re-build trust with the developer community and expand the adoption of the Github platform with larger, legacy enterprises that already use Microsoft's software and services. One thing that will definitely happen if this acquisition goes through is GitHub's infrastructure moving to Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service.

Current GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath will become a Microsoft technical fellow and report to Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives.

Git is far and away the most popular version control system, clouds are mostly computers, and Microsoft is the most active organization on GitHub in the world. While some are happy to see GitHub getting the backing of Microsoft, others are rather concerned, and there have been reports of a sudden shift of projects to GitHub alternative GitLab.

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