Microsoft talked about their acquisition of the GitHub code repository at a huge amount of $7.5 billion during their earnings call just a few days ago.
The deal was officially announced and finally complete. Giving another example of how the company has been evolving in a big way under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella. Marking that the company has embraced a reorientation of emphasis away from Windows and to the cloud after they embraced open source and made some big acquisitions, including the professional social network LinkedIn and now the code repository, GitHub.
Nat Friedman the new GitHub CEO gave light to some details related to the announcement in a blog post, stating the fact that the company has grown its base of software developers from 28 million to 31 million. Ending the rumors that there was some chatter when the acquisition was first announced in June that some developers were threatening to leave the company as they were not happy with Microsoft taking ownership.
Friedman stated their plans to start by focusing on the daily experience of using GitHub and to double down on their paper cuts project. He also agreed to improve core scenarios like search, notifications, issues/projects, as well as mobile experience. And stated that they are excited to make GitHub Actions broadly available.
Ars Technica wrote in an article today, news of the Microsoft-GitHub acquisition had a lot of mixed feelings in the open source world this summer, since GitHub is a home for many open source projects. But the site also argued that Microsoft was most likely the best suitor for GitHub since both entities have common goals and interests. Open source developers were rested assured at the time that Microsoft would be a responsible parent, and Friedman’s post made a reassurance of that same point today.