It’s official, GitHub is now owned by Microsoft
After the EU approved Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub last week, Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub announced today that the company is now officially owned by Microsoft. The Redmond giant spent $7.5 billion in stock to acquire the web-based hosting service earlier this year, but just like LinkedIn, GitHub will continue to operate independently as a company.
“We will start by focusing on the daily experience of using GitHub and will double down on our paper cuts project,” Friedman wrote today. “We will improve core scenarios like search, notifications, issues/projects, and our mobile experience. And of course we are excited to make GitHub Actions broadly available,” he continued.
Back in June, the initial acquisition announcement was met with some hostility from developers, but that apparently didn’t impact GitHub’s business. As spotted by Geekwire, GitHub actually gained 3 million developers since June, and has now crossed 31 million users overall.
“Our vision is to serve every developer on the planet, by being the best place to build software,” said Friedman. “This is a dream opportunity for all of us at GitHub, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll up our sleeves and start this next chapter.”Further reading: Acquisitions, GitHub, Microsoft