Microsoft buys code-sharing site Github for $7.5bn

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Microsoft has announced it is to acquire the code-sharing site Github. Github, based in San Francisco, is an online platform that allows coders to collaborate with each other on their work. It is used by employees at many big companies, including Microsoft. Microsoft said it was paying $7.5bn (£5.6bn) in stock to achieve the deal, which is due to close before the end of the year. It said Github would continue to operate independently.

“We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenge,” said Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella in a statement. It added that Github is currently used by more than 28 million developers, who in turn represent more than 1.5 million organizations across a range of industries.

The BBC is among those to use it to share some of its open source code. “Github offers transparency it’s a very effective, no-fuss tool to run projects globally while allowing many developers to contribute,” commented Malcolm Barclay, a UK-based app developer. “Some are nervous because of what Microsoft has done with past purchases Skype for example and the worry is that Github could be destroyed.

“Many of Microsoft’s takeover are driven by user numbers, and Github has a lot of users. “Presumably it wants something from them, but we don’t know what that is.” Bloomberg, which had earlier reported a deal would be announced, had noted that Github was last valued in 2015 at $2bn.

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