Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

GitHub may soon join the Microsoft family - tech giant considers an acquisition

Why would Microsoft make this deal?

There have always been rumors that Microsoft has an interest in buying GitHub, but in recent weeks it seems that talks between the two companies have been getting more serious. Another possibility raised was a Microsoft-backed investment into the company, possibly with a Microsoft exec taking over the CEO position at GitHub, instead of an outright buyout. Microsoft CEO Nadella has been moving the company away from hesitations with open-source software development and investing more heavily in resources like GitHub. Github gave smaller, growing companies a way to implement some of the best practices in place at tech conglomerates while finding and contributing to the open-source projects that changed the way software was developed.

GitHub is an essential tool for coders. Many tech companies and individual developers use the platform to store and share certain code, and collaborate. Although there are no confirmations from either party, the sources of Business Insider, assure that GitHub would be willing to carry out an agreement, if certain conditions are respected. If Microsoft does acquire GitHub, it could be seen as a visible attempt to further integrate Linux and Windows and increase interoperability, as demonstrated by the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) compatibility layer found in Windows 10.

So by that measure, this deal will be the real test of Microsoft's newfound love for open-source software and multiplatform development.

An overview of Github, which is used by millions of people working on software to manage code.

Apparently, this isn't the first time that Microsoft has considered purchasing GitHub.

Developers have a few options if they want to use a different service to host their code. If this acquisition falls through, Microsoft will benefit immensely by gaining access to millions of developers and companies who can prove to be potential users for Microsoft's cloud services and other technology products.

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