On 4 June (US Time), Microsoft announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform, where more than 28 million developers learn, share and collaborate to create the future. 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.
With this acquisiton, Nat Friedman, former CEO of Xamarin (acquired by Microsoft in 2016), will assume the role of Github’s CEO, while Chris Wanstrath, current CEO and Co-founder of GitHub, will join Microsoft as a technical fellow. GitHub will continue to retain its developer-first ethos and operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will also be able to continue using the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device.
For more information, refer to blog post by Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella.