Microsoft reportedly in "serious" talks to acquire GitHub

Pauline Obrien
June 4, 2018

However, Microsoft is GitHub's largest contributor with over 1,000 Microsoft employees contributing code to the repositories frequently.

It's unclear what the price tag of such a deal may be, though GitHub was most recently valued at $2 billion when it raised its last round of funding in 2015.

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So what does it mean for the world's biggest crowd-sourced code repository to be bought by the world's biggest software company?

In August, GitHub announced that it was looking for a CEO to replace Chris Wanstrath, one of the company's co-founders. GitHub has also been undergoing executive changes.

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Under Nadella's leadership, Microsoft has been trying hard to shed its image of being an enemy of open source software and Linux.

Bloomberg is reporting that Microsoft has already reached an agreement to purchase the company. Microsoft CEO Nadella has been moving the company away from hesitations with open-source software development and investing more heavily in resources like GitHub.

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On the other hand, GitHub is one of the most used tools by the developers all over the world. Many tech companies and individual developers use the platform to store and share certain code, and collaborate. GitHub can be termed as the gold mine of talent, data, and resources. While those talks may have died down, the possible inclusion of Ramaswamy to the company's board may curb Microsoft's prospects for a buyout. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had called open source "Cancer" in 2001. It's also worth mentioning that this isn't the first time Microsoft approached the coding company with an intention to buy it. Assuming they have the in-house expertise, software teams could simply use the Git project on hosted or cloud services to manage the version control process themselves, although that would involve sacrificing some of the flexibility provided by the Github user interface.

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