Has Microsoft Bought GitHub?

If you’ve never heard of GitHub, that’s okay. Here’s what you need to know about it. GitHub is the code repository company popular with many software developers. It is an essential tool for coders. Many corporations, including Microsoft and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, use GitHub to store their corporate code and to collaborate. It’s also a social network of sorts for developers.

The only problem is that they have lost money. Thus Microsoft appears to have swooped in buy the company. The deal could be announced as early as today. But even the mere rumblings of Microsoft buying GitHub has caused a swift backlash because many feel that Microsoft simply can’t be trusted given their past history of embrace, extend, extinguish when it comes to anything that Microsoft sees as a threat. For example a petition that seeks to “stop Microsoft from buying Github” had garnered support from more than 400 developers. And rival code repository SourceForge has a tool that will import your GitHub project to SourceForge. So this purchase may go ahead, but you can expect a lot of blowback.

Watch this space for updates.

UPDATE: That didn’t take long. It’s now official:

UPDATE #2: The exodus from GitHub has begun as TNW reports many developers jumped ship even before this was officially confirmed. And the company itself has confirmed the exodus:

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