Microsoft purchases code-sharing platform GitHub for $7.5B

Upon approval from EU a week ago, critics argue, Microsoft has cemented its sign of doubling down on courting developers by acquiring GitHub, Git-based code sharing and collaboration service with 31 million developers.

The Redmond, WA-based software behemoth first said it would acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock in June of this year, and after the acquisition closed it would continue to run it as an independent platform and business.

Despite its own very profitable proprietary software business, Microsoft also has a number of other businesses — for example, Azure, which competes with AWS and Google Cloud — that rely heavily on it being unbiased towards one platform or another. And GitHub, Microsoft hopes, will be another signal to the community of that position.

Navojit Dastidar