Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Microsoft reportedly buys code-sharing site GitHub

Microsoft reportedly buys code-sharing site GitHub

But a US$5 billion price tag would certainly make GitHub one of the larger purchases in Microsoft's portfolio. As for the amount of the sale, it seems that they have not yet reached an agreement, but the last assessment received by GitHub was 2000 million dollars in 2015. Instead, the company has been working closely with open source community and releasing its software code to the public. GitHub is now without a CEO, following last year's departure of Chris Wanstrath, who was GitHub's founder and previously held the position.

In addition to being home to the overwhelming majority of open source projects, it's also used by developers within companies to privately collaborate on software.

It's worth noting that Microsoft's journey started with creating software development tools and the company is known to lure developers from time-to-time to boost its software business. Many engineers use the site to store their code, keep tabs on updates, and even use it as a discussion forum. Talks have been on-and-off for a number of years, but recently it appears that the talks have become more serious, especially as GitHub's current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, is departing the company.

In the short term, nothing is likely to change very much given the central role Github plays in the software development process. If Microsoft does acquire GitHub, it could be seen as a visible attempt to further integrate Linux and Windows and increase interoperability, as demonstrated by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) compatibility layer found in Windows 10.

A Twitter poll from Bryan Lunduke showed that 68% of existing GitHub users would move to another service if the acquisition went ahead, and only 25% of Twitter users asked by Tom Warren of The Verge thought that it was good news.

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