In June 2018, it was announced that GitHub is being acquired by Microsoft. On October 26th, it was officially announced on the GitHub blog by Nat Friedman, that the acquisition by Microsoft has been successful.
GitHub is the world’s largest developer community, it brings together over 31 million developers to create, collaborate, share, and build on each other’s work.
In the blog, he wrote “I’m thrilled to share that the Microsoft acquisition of GitHub is complete. Monday is my first day as CEO. Millions of people rely on GitHub every day, and I am honored by the opportunity to lead this company.”
He also added that GitHub will operate independently as a community, platform, and business and will be retaining its developer-first values, distinctive spirit, and open extensibility. He said, “We will always support developers in their choice of any language, license, tool, platform, or cloud.”
Furthermore, according to Friedman GitHub will retain its product philosophy. He wrote, “We love GitHub because of the deep care and thoughtfulness that goes into every facet of the developer’s experience. I understand and respect this, and know that we will continue to build tasteful, snappy, polished tools that developers love.”
Speaking of his new role, he added that “I’ve spent the past few months meeting with hundreds of developers as I prepared for this role, from maintainers to startups to large businesses. The passion for GitHub is amazing—both in the areas where we excel and in the areas where you want us to do more. I’ve learned a lot from these conversations, and listening to our customers will be a core part of how GitHub operates as a company.”
The three objectives for GitHub and its future are: making GitHub accessible to more developers around the world and its reliability, security, and performance.
GitHub will also be focusing on their paper cuts project in order to improve core scenarios like search, notifications, issues/projects, and their mobile experience.
“Our vision is to serve every developer on the planet, by being the best place to build software. 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,” he said.
Reference links: blog.github.com