A bright future for GitHub

GitHub and Microsoft

I am very excited to announce that Microsoft is acquiring GitHub and expect the agreement to close by the end of the year. While it will still take a few months to finalize, we wanted to share the news as soon as we were able.

When GitHub first launched ten years ago, I could have never imagined this headline. Git was a powerful but niche tool, clouds were just things in the sky, and Microsoft was a very different company. Open source and business, people said at the time, mixed as well as oil and water.

We disagreed. As developers, we knew this was a false dichotomy—we had been using open source software successfully in a business setting for a long time. What we really needed was an easier way to work with others regardless of whether the code was public, private, or something in-between. We wanted to do it using Git, we wanted anyone in the world to be able to join in, and we didn’t want it to cost a dime if it was open source. So we created GitHub.

Now, of course, things are different. Git is far and away the most popular version control system, clouds are mostly computers, and Microsoft is the most active organization on GitHub in the world. Their VS Code project alone is beloved by millions of developers, entirely open source, and built using GitHub’s Electron platform. Beyond that, today major enterprises regularly embrace open source. The world has realized how important happy, productive developers really are. And also, people have smartphones now.

What hasn’t changed, however, is our focus on the developer. From the beginning, we have been obsessed with building a product for the people using it. We want to make developers more productive and we want more people to become developers. From “Code to Cloud and Code to Edge”, GitHub’s mission is to help every developer—regardless of experience level—learn, code, and ship software effectively.

So as we look to the next decade of software development and beyond, we know it’s all about the developer. And as we’ve gotten to know the team at Microsoft over the past few years through collaborating on projects from Git LFS to Electron, we’ve learned that they agree. Their work on open source has inspired us, the success of the Minecraft and LinkedIn acquisitions has shown us they are serious about growing new businesses well, and the growth of Azure has proven they are an innovative development platform.

But more than that, their vision for the future closely matches our own. We both believe GitHub needs to remain an open platform for all developers. 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.

We both believe that software development needs to become easier, more accessible, more intelligent, and more open, so more people can become developers and existing developers can spend more time focusing on the unique problems they’re trying to solve.

We both see the growing need for developers and the growing importance of software in all facets of our lives.

And, most importantly, we both believe we can do greater things together than alone. Collaboration, after all, is at the heart of everything we do.

As part of this change, Nat Friedman will be taking on the role of GitHub’s CEO. We have been searching for a new CEO for some time and found in both Microsoft and Nat a partner we believe will strengthen and grow the GitHub community and company over the next few years. 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 perfect person to help GitHub grow and continue to make life better for developers.

As for me, I’ll be taking on a new role at Microsoft working closely with Nat and the team, and will share more details on that in the future.

I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. The future of software development is bright and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality.

CEO & Co-Founder, GitHub






我们不同意。作为开发人员,我们知道这是一种虚假的二分法 - 我们长期以来一直在商业环境中成功地使用开源软件。我们真正需要的是与其他人合作的更简单的方式,无论代码是公开的,私人的还是其他内容。我们希望使用Git来实现,我们希望世界上的任何人都能加入进来,如果它是开源的,我们不希望它花费一分钱。所以我们创建了GitHub。

当然,事情是不同的。Git是最受欢迎的版本控制系统,云计算主要是计算机,微软是全球最活跃的GitHub组织。他们的VS Code项目由数百万开发人员完全支持,完全开放源代码,并使用Gi​​tHub的Electron平台构建。除此之外,今天的主要企业经常接受开源。世界已经意识到开发人员的真正重要性和重要性。而且,人们现在拥有智能手机。


因此,当我们展望未来十年的软件开发及其后,我们知道这都是关于开发人员。正如我们在过去几年中通过合作从Git LFS到Electron的项目一样了解了微软的团队,我们了解到他们同意。他们在开源领域的工作激励了我们,Minecraft和LinkedIn收购的成功向我们表明他们认真对待拓展新业务的认真态度,Azure的发展已经证明他们是一个创新的开发平台。

但更重要的是,他们对未来的展望与我们自己的展望非常契合。我们都认为GitHub需要为所有开发人员保持一个开放的平台。无论您的语言,堆栈,平台,云或许可证如何,GitHub都将继续成为您的家 - 软件创建,协作和发现的最佳场所。




作为这一变化的一部分,Nat Friedman将担任GitHub CEO的角色。我们一直在寻找新的首席执行官一段时间,并且在微软和纳特都找到了我们认为将在未来几年内加强和发展GitHub社区和公司的合作伙伴。Nat在软件和开源软件社区拥有丰富的经验,与他共同创立了Xamarin,并且多年来一直致力于开发众多开源项目,并且是帮助GitHub成长并继续为开发人员带来更好生活的完美人选。





Microsoft + GitHub = Empowering Developers

Today, we announced an agreement to acquire GitHub, the world’s leading software development platform. I want to share what this acquisition will mean for our industry and for developers.

The era of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge is upon us. Computing is becoming embedded in the world, with every part of our daily life and work and every aspect of our society and economy being transformed by digital technology.

Developers are the builders of this new era, writing the world’s code. And GitHub is their home.

As every industry – from precision medicine to precision agriculture, from personalized education to personalized banking – is being impacted by technology, the developer community will only grow in numbers and importance. Developer workflows will drive and influence business processes and functions across the organization – from marketing, sales and service, to IT and HR. And value creation and growth across every industry will increasingly be determined by the choices developers make.

In short, developers will be at the center of solving the world’s most pressing challenges. However, the real power comes when every developer can create together, collaborate, share code and build on each other’s work. In all walks of life, we see the power of communities, and this is true for software development and developers.

That is why we are so excited about today’s announcement. More than 28 million developers already collaborate on GitHub, and it is home to more than 85 million code repositories used by people in nearly every country. From the largest corporations to the smallest startups, GitHub is the destination for developers to learn, share and work together to create software. It’s a destination for Microsoft too. We are the most active organization on GitHub, with more than 2 million “commits,” or updates, made to projects.

Microsoft has been a developer-focused company from the very first product we created to the platforms and tools we offer today. Building technology so that others can build technology is core to our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Chris Wanstrath (left), Github CEO and co-founder; Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate vice president, Developer Services; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Amy Hood, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer.

Microsoft is also committed to empowering communities, from the world’s professionals to IT professionals to gamers. We believe in the power of communities to achieve much more than what their members can do on their own. It’s our ability to work together that helps our dreams become reality, and we are dedicated to cultivating and growing communities to do just that.

And Microsoft is all-in on open source. We have been on a journey with open source, and today we are active in the open source ecosystem, we contribute to open source projects, and some of our most vibrant developer tools and frameworks are open source. When it comes to our commitment to open source, judge us by the actions we have taken in the recent past, our actions today, and in the future.

Given all of this, together with GitHub, we see three clear opportunities ahead.

First, we will empower developers at every stage of the development lifecycle – from ideation to collaboration to deployment to the cloud. Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects – and will still be able to deploy their code on any cloud and any device.

Second, we will accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services.

Finally, we will bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.

Most importantly, we recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement. We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently and remain an open platform. We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals and new capabilities.

Once the acquisition closes later this year, GitHub will be led by CEO Nat Friedman, an open source veteran and founder of Xamarin, who will continue to report to Microsoft Cloud + AI Group Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie; GitHub CEO and Co-Founder Chris Wanstrath will be a technical fellow at Microsoft, also reporting to Scott. You can see how Chris, Nat and I envision the opportunity ahead in this public presentation.

Together we will continue to advance GitHub as a platform loved by developers and trusted by organizations.



Microsoft + GitHub =授权开发人员




随着每一个行业 - 从精准医学到精准农业,从个性化教育到个性化银行 - 都受到技术的影响,开发者社区只会在数量和重要性方面不断增长。开发人员工作流程将推动并影响整个组织的业务流程和功能 - 从营销,销售和服务到IT和HR。每个行业的价值创造和增长将越来越取决于开发者的选择。




Github首席执行官兼联合创始人Chris Wanstrath(左)微软公司开发服务副总裁Nat Friedman; 微软首席执行官Satya Nadella; 和微软首席财务官Amy Hood。




首先,我们将授权开发人员在开发生命周期的每个阶段 - 从构思到协作到部署到云。展望未来,GitHub将仍然是一个开放平台,任何开发人员都可以插入和扩展。开发人员将继续为他们的项目使用他们选择的编程语言,工具和操作系统 - 并且仍然能够在任何云和任何设备上部署他们的代码。




今年晚些时候收购完成后,GitHub将由首席执行官纳特弗里德曼领导,后者是一位开源的资深人士和Xamarin的创始人,他将继续向微软云+ AI集团执行副总裁Scott Guthrie汇报; GitHub首席执行官兼联合创始人Chris Wanstrath将成为微软的技术人员,并向Scott报告。你可以看到克里斯,纳特和我在这次公开演讲中如何展望未来的机会。





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