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Microsoft Swears GitHub Independence After $7.5B Acquisition

Also, Gabe Monroy, formerly CTO of Deis, which was acquired by Microsoft, shares his positive experience as part of a prior Microsoft acquisition. "Avoiding disruption is one of the key tenets of [Microsoft's] integration process," says Monroy, who now wears a Microsoft badge. (See Microsoft Buying Deis to Boost Containers & Kubernetes.)

Microsoft took pains Monday to calm concerns.

"GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries," Microsoft said in its statement. "Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device."

GitHub is Nadella's second big acquisition; the company previously acquired LinkedIn under Microsoft's leadership. And as with the GitHub acquisition, the LinkedIn merger raised concerns about ongoing independence. (See Microsoft & LinkedIn: Marriage Made in the Cloud and Salesforce, Microsoft Spar Some More.)

As with LinkedIn acquisition, Microsoft will operate GitHub as an independent business unit. Unlike LinkedIn, which kept its founding CEO in charge, Microsoft is putting its own man in the captain's chair at GitHub: Nat Friedman, corporate vice president, founder of Xamarin, and an open source veteran. GitHub's current CEO and founder, Chris Wanstrath, will be come a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives, Microsoft says.

GitHub is a cloud service based on Git, open source version control software written by Linux creator Linus Torvalds. It's a distributed system; each developer has their own repository in which they can make changes, and these changes are propagated between repositories.

Because Git is open source, organizations often maintain their own Git infrastructures for internal use; GitHub is a hosted repository service, used for major and minor public open source projects.

Some 28 million developers use GitHub for 85 million code repositories, GitHub says. These include Microsoft competitors Amazon and Google.

Competitors for GitHub include GitLab and Atlassian's Bitbucket.

In addition to hosting Git, GitHub has its own workflows, called "pull requests," to manage changes from one repository to another, and it also provides issue tracking, a Web front-end, and a marketplace for commercial add-ons and extensions.

Microsoft says it will maintain GitHub as an open, free-to use platform, and add muscle to GitHub's paid enterprise service using Microsoft's own sales and partner channels.

— Mitch Wagner Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn profile Visit my blog Follow me on FacebookExecutive Editor, Light Reading

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Phil_Britt 6/4/2018 | 7:17:11 PM
Re: Uh huh Any one believing such a statement from Microsoft of from other companies should beware of snake oil salesmen.
macemoneta 6/4/2018 | 4:23:37 PM
Uh huh If Microsoft wanted an independent GitHub, there was no reason to drop $7.5B on it. They could have provided a cash infusion to purchase some good will and keep them running as an independent entity. But they didn't. 
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