Today Microsoft announced its acquisition of Github, the world’s leading software development platform, to the tune of US$7.5 billion.
In a string of tweets announcing the acquisition the official Microsoft Twitter account said today, “Our commitment is to be stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently, and remain an open platform…Together we will continue to advance GitHub as a platform loved by developers and trusted by enterprises.”
Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella explains the reasoning behind the purchase of Github in this blog: Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers. Highlighting 3 opportunities going forwards, Nadella says:
“First, we will empower developers at every stage of the development lifecycle – from ideation to collaboration to deployment to the cloud. Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend. 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 on any cloud and any device.
Second, we will accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services.
Finally, we will bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.”
It is perhaps important to note here that Github is a destination for Microsoft too – with more than two million “commits,” or updates, made to projects, it is currently the most active organisation on the platform.