The rumor mills have been hard at work for days, but it's now official: Microsoft is acquiring GitHub. A software giant owning one of the world's biggest homes for open source code is big news indeed. Let's break down the implications of Microsoft acquiring GitHub — from a developer's perspective. While there is plenty to cheer, there are some legitimate concerns ahead — a responsible level-headed stewardship of GitHub is what the developer community calls for.
There are lots of developers in the open source community who are still suspicious of Microsoft — there has indeed been some bad blood. While the new Microsoft is evident, a lot more work needs to be done to earn the respect of non-trusting developers. While some integrations of GitHub tooling is natural, any cross-selling of Microsoft services will likely raise eyebrows. For the most part, developers will want the open source collaborative platform of GitHub to work as it stands today — without the big brother effect.
Lot of big tech companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and many more use GitHub extensively today — both for open source projects and private repositories. It will be interesting to see how competitive strategies play into continued usage of GitHub. Even enterprises using private GitHub repos may start to feel that all their code is now "owned" by Microsoft — there will be a fair bit of trust to earn. It will be interesting to see how many such organizations decide to stay on GitHub versus going to GitLab or hosting their own Git servers.
A lot of GitHub operations are good fits for Azure's global scale — but developers can get wary of too many cloud services integrations. The obvious concern to overcome would be — how much of Microsoft cloud are we buying into when using GitHub?
In our software industry, often the best coverage of big news comes as a collaborative social effort — from folks who live & breathe tech every day. From stakeholders or influencers to bystanders — commentary is often well rounded and hilarious. Here are few tweets that stood out about the news of Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub:
Not sure it was worth this much to get @haacked back ;)— Scott Hanselman (@shanselman) June 4, 2018
At https://t.co/gmFcoHd94f, we use @github extensively — and we are thrilled for our collaboration to continue growing at @Microsoft, with @natfriedman leading the effort. Welcome, octocats! 👋 pic.twitter.com/GAqepVkr09— docs.microsoft.com (@docsmsft) June 4, 2018
In light of today's news, here's a sampling of @ProgressSW's Open Source commitments — @Telerik, @KendoUI & @NativeScript bits — all hosted with love on @github! https://t.co/c41EUV51kP pic.twitter.com/XDAUolKyeL— Sam Basu (@samidip) June 5, 2018
Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.
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