Microsoft Bought GitHub and the Clippy Jokes Escalated Quickly

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"Nat has a ton of experience with software and the open source software community, having co-founded Xamarin and worked on numerous open source projects over the years, and is the ideal person to help GitHub grow and continue to make life better for developers". Torvald's goal with Git was to have a free, open-source version control system that enables distributed development.

Now the company will own the largest software development platform in the world.

With that being said, Microsoft's GitHub purchase isn't without some scrutiny or questions.

The veteran tech firm said it "will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock".

"Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation", Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said in a statement. In the developer community, Microsoft is a leading contributor to multiple efforts including the Kubernetes container orchestration system.

Talks of the deal were first reported by Business Insider late last week in a report that noted GitHub's recent reluctance to sell itself to another company; GitHub was previously valued at $2 billion in 2015.

Still, others have taken to Twitter to express their unease, posting threats to switch from GitHub to rival products as well as jokes and memes protesting the platform's new corporate master. "No matter your language, stack, platform, cloud, or license, GitHub will continue to be your home-the best place for software creation, collaboration, and discovery", said Chris Wanstrath, GitHub co-founder and CEO, in a blog post. "I, a couple of years ago, would never have imagined this deal happening".

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Other coders were similarly pleased.

Open-source programming enables designers to tinker with, enhance, and offer code - an approach that undermined Microsoft's plan of action.

Microsoft was quick to calm any worries of change that GitHub's community of users would have about the acquisition. Ultimately, though, it would be the developer's choice, not Microsoft's. In this sense open source isn't pure and sups with the devil - now the devil is a bit bigger than it was.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, speaks May 7 during a conference in Seattle. Since taking over in 2014, Nadella has pushed Microsoft toward open-source technology and even made it a sponsor of the Open Source Initiative advocacy group. The company's Azure cloud lets customers host a variety of Linux workloads, and a large percentage of Azure customers do exactly that. But that vision of software tools was applied very differently under both Gates and former Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, who championed developers building proprietary software for Microsoft, not the kind of open-source projects found on GitHub.

"Today, we are all in with open source", he said.

The software giant expects to complete the transaction by the end of the year.

GitHub hosts around 27 million coders working on almost 85 million repositories of code. "This whole developer ecosystem is just starting out", Levine said.