Microsoft has purchased GitHub. After reports emerged that the software giant was in speak to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official. This is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's second huge acquisition, following the $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn 2 years earlier. GitHub was last valued at $2 billion back in 2015, and Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion in stock for the company in a deal that should close later on this year.
GitHub is a big code repository that has become incredibly popular with developers and companies hosting whole projects, documentation, and code. Apple, Amazon, Google, and numerous other huge tech companies use GitHub. There are 85 million repositories hosted on GitHub, and 28 million developers contribute to them. GitHub will now be led by CEO Nat Friedman, the creator of Xamarin, who will report to Microsoft's Cloud and AI chief Scott Guthrie. GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath will now become a technical fellow at Microsoft.
It's easy to picture why Microsoft would wish to acquire GitHub. Microsoft eliminated its own GitHub rival, Codeplex, in December and is now the leading contributor to GitHub, Microsoft now has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to GitHub repositories. Its popularity among developers could see Microsoft earn some much-needed trust and respect from developers. In larger business and slower moving companies, the fact Microsoft has obtained GitHub will make it more trusted to use for projects and source control, simply due to the fact that Microsoft is already trusted across numerous software and services by these companies. "We will speed up enterprise developers' use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft's worldwide cloud infrastructure and services," says Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.