EU Approves Microsoft’s GitHub Acquisition

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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  • jbinaz

    19 October, 2018 - 10:03 am

    <p>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.</p>

  • skane2600

    19 October, 2018 - 10:48 am

    <p>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.</p>

    • RamblingGeek

      20 October, 2018 - 7:47 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#354818">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>Microsoft also have azureDevOps, this is where I put my private projects for free</p>

      • bleduc

        Premium Member
        20 October, 2018 - 8:02 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#354992">In reply to RamblingGeek:</a></em></blockquote><p>I use the Azure DevOps as well.</p>

    • Scott8846

      Premium Member
      20 October, 2018 - 10:48 pm

      <p>I agree, BitBucket and Azure DevOps (formely VSTS) are great alternatives when you want to go private.</p><p><br></p><p>GitHub is more about open source and public collaboration.</p><p><br></p><p>Since most of them offer tools to go from one repository to another, people should just choose what's best for them when they need one.</p>

    • dontbe evil

      22 October, 2018 - 3:48 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#354818">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>GitHub private repos has been always paid</p><p><br></p><p>for FREE private repos + CI/CD and PM tools I always used MS VSTS (now Azure DevOps)</p>

      • skane2600

        22 October, 2018 - 11:52 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#355332">In reply to dontbe_evil:</a></em></blockquote><p>"GitHub private repos has been always paid"</p><p><br></p><p>I didn't say otherwise.</p><p><br></p>


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