In its official announcement, Microsoft stated that once its purchase is completed, GitHub will still "operate independently" and developers will also be allowed to keep using the same code, tools and operating systems for all of their projects that are uploaded to the service.
No details remain thin on what the deal entails and what it could mean for Github's community of users. It now counts about 28 million software developers around the world who use it to share code and build businesses. He urged people to judge Microsoft's open-source commitment by its actions in the "recent past, today and in the future", subtly acknowledging that there were decades when Microsoft did not support open-source, to the consternation of many developers.
GitHub will still operate independently from Microsoft, with Nat Friedman, now Microsoft Corporate's vice president, assuming the role of GitHub CEO. Assuming this light-touch approach to GitHub remains intact moving forward, this could be a big win for developers who use the site thanks to Microsoft's seemingly unending resources. The Verge notes that Microsoft even hosts its own original Windows File Manager source code on GitHub. While Microsoft hasn't specified it, reports say the company will pay $7.5 billion for the acquisition.
The deal is the third of Nadella's four-year tenure that's valued at above $2 billion, after LinkedIn in 2016 for $26.2 billion and the maker of the Minecraft video game, Mojang AB, in 2014 for $2.5 billion. Just this year, it open-sourced the Azure IoT Edge Runtime, and boasts it's one of the largest contributors of open-source code. "We have been on a journey with open source, and today we are active in the open source ecosystem, we contribute to open source projects, and some of our most vibrant developer tools and frameworks are open source", Nadella said. GitHub's current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives. From the largest corporations to the smallest startups, GitHub is the destination for developers to learn, share and work together to create software.
Still, Microsoft promised in a blog post to keep GitHub an independent platform.