Microsoft has acquired GitHub

Github is an online service that allows developers to host their code in the cloud using the popular Git source management system, invented by Linux founder Linus Torvalds in 2005.

Why would Microsoft make this deal?

Two days ago we reported on a rumour that Microsoft was in talks to purchase Github, but that Microsoft was reportedly baulking at Github's $5 billion asking price. It has been struggling to find a CEO after Wanstrath stepped down from the position.

It's worth noting that Microsoft's journey started with creating software development tools and the company is known to lure developers from time-to-time to boost its software business. Many tech companies and individual developers use the platform to store and share certain code, and collaborate.

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Microsoft, on the other hand, has been looking towards more open source solutions.

GitHub may soon fall under the wide umbrella of Microsoft. 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. As news of the pending deal broke on Sunday, developer Twitter was full of worries about one of the biggest companies on the planet - a software giant that was once prosecuted by the government for abusing its power - controlling the biggest repository of software on the planet.

So by that measure, this deal will be the real test of Microsoft's newfound love for open-source software and multiplatform development. It is mostly used for computer code. Eyeing big tech companies with skepticism is definitely prudent, but millions of companies already trust Microsoft with their email, financial spreadsheets, and proprietary code running on Azure servers. More than 75 percent of respondents think the acquisition is a bad move, and the likes of Google and Disney have been suggested as more suitable buyers.

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