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Microsoft to acquire GitHub by end of Year.

I am very excited to announce that Microsoft is acquiring GitHub and expect the agreement to close by the end of the year. While it will still take a few months to finalize, we wanted to share the news as soon as we were able, said Chris Wanstrath – CEO & Co-Founder, GitHub in a post published on the GitHub blog earlier today the 4th of June 2018.

Chris Wanstrath (left), Github CEO and co-founder; Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president, Developer Services; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Amy Hood, Microsoft Chief

Chris Wanstrath (left), Github CEO and co-founder; Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president, Developer Services; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Amy Hood, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer.

GitHub is the world’s leading software development platform, a Git repository hosting service, but it adds many of its own features. While Git is a command line tool, GitHub provides a Web-based graphical interface. It also provides access control and several collaboration features, such as a wikis and basic task management tools for every project. Over the last 10 years since its inception GitHub has been home for developers building and sharing open source projects.

In a statement issued by Microsoft’s Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella about the agreement, he shares what this acquisition will mean for technology industry and developer community in the world.

The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us. Computing is becoming embedded in the world, with every part of our daily life and work and every aspect of our society and economy being transformed by digital technology.

Developers are the builders of this new era, writing the world’s code. And GitHub is their home.

In the same statement Nadella adds that developers will be at the center of solving the world’s most pressing challenges. However, the real power comes when every developer can create together, collaborate, share code and build on each other’s work. In all walks of life, we see the power of communities, and this is true for software development and developers.

Given all of this, together with GitHub, Microsoft envisions three clear opportunities ahead.

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First, to 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, to accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, Microsoft’s direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services.

Finally, to bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.

This brings excitement to the developer community as we await the see more and more amazing additions on GitHub that this acquisition brings.

After the acquisition later this year GitHub will be led by CEO Nat Friedman, an open source veteran and founder of Xamarin, who will continue to report to Microsoft Cloud + AI Group Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie; GitHub CEO and Co-Founder Chris Wanstrath will be a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting to Scott.

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