EU Approves Microsoft’s GitHub Acquisition

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Dev with 7 Comments

As expected, regulators from the European Union have approved Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub.

“The Commission found that the combination of Microsoft and GitHub’s activities on these markets would raise no competition concerns because the merged entity would continue to face significant competition from other players on both markets,” a European Commission statement explains.

Just days after rumors emerged that Microsoft was attempting to purchase GitHub this past June, the software giant announced its intentions. It would acquire GitHub for a stunning $7.5 billion, over $5 billion more than the software code repository service’s most recent valuation.

Later that month, a Google official admitted that that firm had also been interested in GitHub, but it was outbid by Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Nat Friedman, a Xamarin co-founder, will take over as GitHub CEO. And GitHub’s outgoing CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow and report to Scott Guthrie. GitHub will now become part of Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud business segment.


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7 responses to “EU Approves Microsoft’s GitHub Acquisition”

  1. jbinaz

    I know there were lots of developer who swore they would never let their project remain on GitHub when Microsoft bought it. I'd be curious to know what the numbers show as far as number of projects before and after the announcement. I would be surprised if there was any significant change, as it's easy to say you're walking away, but not actually follow through.

  2. skane2600

    If you have a small project, you don't want to expose your code to random people and you don't want to pay, bitbucket remains a better option.