Microsoft Plans To Buy GitHub, Valued At $2 Billion

MIcrosoft buy GitHub

MIcrosoft buy GitHub

The purchase makes sense - not only is the majority of Microsoft's developer documentation now hosted on GitHub, but so is numerous company's recent open-source projects like Visual Studio Code and PowerShell.

In addition to being home to the overwhelming majority of open source projects, it's also used by developers within companies to privately collaborate on software.

Microsoft and GitHub, the popular developer tools platform, have agreed to an acquisition and the deal could be announced on Monday, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.

GitHub raised $250 million in 2015 and was last valued at $2 billion.


Acquiring GitHub would be the latest move by the Redmond company into the world of open-source development. It is now rumored that the Microsoft and GitHub deal may lie around $5 billion which might be too high for Microsoft's consideration. The company now boasts more than 23 million individual users, and representation from more than 1.5 million organizations.

Apparently, this isn't the first time that Microsoft has considered purchasing GitHub. In the interim, GitHub's Chief Business Officer Julio Avalos joined the company's board of directors and took over much of the day-to-day leadership of the company. 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.

News of the intensification of talks comes courtesy of Business Insider, which cites people close to both companies. In any case, we will be sure to keep you abreast of updates as the story develops.

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