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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion
Last week Microsoft and GitHub both announced that Microsoft will be acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion. It has been stated that GitHub will remain an independent company and retain its “developer-first ethos” while it continues to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries.
The above photo shows (from left) Chris Wanstrath, Github CEO and co-founder; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president, Developer Services
After the acquisition is complete, Nat Friedman will be transitioned into the role of GitHub CEO. Chris Wanstrath is the current CEO of GitHub, and at that time he will transition to become a Microsoft Technical Fellow, and report to Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President.
Microsoft is not just picking some random executive to be the new GitHub CEO after the acquisition. Nat Friedman came to Microsoft from the acquisition of Xamarin; the maker of the open source Mono framework (an open source .NET Framework implementation) and maker of cross-platform development tools that allow developers to write mobile apps using C# and .NET tooling to target Windows, iOS, and Android with a single code base or shared code. Nat Friedman has a long history of Open Source, and should be a good steward to lead GitHub moving forward.
All across the Open Source world, there are mixed opinions as to whether this acquisition is a good thing or not. What do you think?
The Weeks Top Links
Here are some of the most notable links from the week:
- Underwater Azure Datacenter with Project Natick by Chris Pietschmann
- Microsoft buys GitHub for $7.5 billion via ZDNet
- Microsoft + GitHub by Paul Thurrott
- Microsoft’s ‘future CEO of GitHub’ speaks out on Atom, keeping GitHub independent and more via ZDNet
- Azure Backup for SQL Server on Azure now in public preview by Anurag Mehrotra
- First impressions on the CNTK and a comparison with Google’s TensorFlow. by Warren Park
- How to Deploy your Azure Functions Faster and Easily with Zip Push by Frank Boucher
- Save 50% on Microsoft Press videos, plus 35% on companion titles via Microsoft Press
- Announcing ML.NET 0.2 by Ankit Asthana
- App Service Deployment Center (Preview) by Byron Tardif
- Microsoft acquires Github – does it make sense? by Jen Stirrup
- VSTS and GitHub by Lori Lamkin
Azure Service Updates
Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:
- Public preview: Storage Explorer in the Azure portal
- PostgreSQL 10.3 released on Azure Database for PostgreSQL
- Standard SSD Disks for Azure Virtual Machines is now in public preview
- SQL Data Warehouse PolyBase support for Azure Storage Encryption using customer-managed keys
- General availability: Azure mobile app for Android and iOS
- General availability: Disaster recovery for Azure IaaS virtual machines
- Cognitive Services Speech SDK June 2018 update
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