Microsoft's purchase of Github reportedly a done deal

Why would Microsoft make this deal? 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.

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The deal is expected to help Microsoft by adding programming tools and partner with a company that has become a key way in how Microsoft writes its software. Microsoft is now the biggest open source contributor on GitHub. GitHub has also been undergoing executive changes. As part of its evolving stance on interoperability with the outside world, Microsoft first embraced GitHub years ago and it now offers deep integration with the service via its Visual Studio tools. Many corporations, including Microsoft and Alphabet Inc.'s Google, use GitHub to store their corporate code and to collaborate. 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. The terms of the deal aren't known yet. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had called open source "Cancer" in 2001. It is mostly used for computer code.

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Those fears might be overstated. 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. Assuming they have the in-house expertise, software teams could simply use the Git project on hosted or cloud services to manage the version control process themselves, although that would involve sacrificing some of the flexibility provided by the Github user interface. It's also a social network of sorts for developers.

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