Microsoft acquires Github for $7.5 Billion :-O


This just in from Microsoft:

“Together, the two companies will empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. Subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review, the acquisition is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.

GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. 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 to any operating system, any cloud and any device.

Whatcha think? It says they will continue to operate independently… with Microsoft’s Nat Friedman as new CEO… hmm. If Microsoft pushed their platforms open source to develop on top of though… Not that they couldn’t have done that already. Still, more control now. I wonder what they will test on it first?