BI Chinese station report in June 2nd
Microsoft has negotiated the acquisition of the latter with an open source and private software hosting platform GitHub. GitHub is a well-known start-up in the software development industry with a valuation of about $2 billion, with 24 million software developers (or users).
It is not clear what the results of these talks are, and Microsoft declined to comment. But when we wait for GitHub to confirm the news, one thing is very clear, that is, Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub is entirely reasonable.
Microsoft Chief Executive Satya
If the acquisition is successful, GitHub technology will be integrated into Microsoft products, giving the latter a huge advantage in competition with Amazon's cloud computing service AWS. Amazon AWS is still taking the lead in the rapidly growing cloud computing market.
GitHub is an online service that allows developers to trust their software projects. On this platform, anyone in the world can download these projects and submit their own improvements. This function makes GitHub the center of the open source software development world.
On the face of it, the logic of Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub is very clear. Developers like GitHub, and Microsoft needs to attract developers' attention. Microsoft has provided a range of tools for developers, including the increasingly popular Visual Studio Code software and the open source.NET Core programming framework.
The popularity of these tools provides a mild but obviously effective channel for the Microsoft cloud computing service Azure and other Microsoft products and services: if you like a Microsoft product, you are more likely to choose other Microsoft products, especially if they can be integrated seamlessly.
GitHub will only enhance this strategy: developers have been very fond of GitHub. In fact, Microsoft abandoned its own Codeplex project in 2017. It is a competitor to GitHub. At that time, Microsoft said that the popularity of GitHub had made Microsoft's efforts redundant and unnecessary.
Through the acquisition of GitHub, Microsoft will directly reach millions of highly active developers. Just as GitHub and Microsoft started to integrate their services this month, we have seen that they are taking a small step in this direction.
But if Microsoft decides to buy GitHub, it may have deeper plans.
Chris, co-founder and CEO of GitHu
In addition to hosting software projects, GitHub has also put a lot of resources into the social network of the site, making it easier for its teams and communities to collaborate on software projects.
Unlike managed software, running software projects yourself is quite another matter. Even if the software managed on GitHub has been adjusted and ready for the golden age, developers still need to download and run it.
If it is a relatively simple tool, the purpose is to run on PC, which may be very easy. But if it is a large, complex, open source infrastructure tool that is intended to run on large public clouds, such as Amazon, Microsoft, or Google cloud platforms, it is much more difficult.
Therefore, the benefits of Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub are very obvious. If it allows Microsoft Azure to be tightly integrated with GitHub, such as making it easier for developers to run GitHub projects in the cloud, it can kill two birds with one stone. Developers may prefer GitHub, which will also promote Microsoft Azure to be used more.
Considering that Microsoft is currently concentrating on its explosive growth in its cloud computing business, GitHub can be integrated into it. It will become Microsoft's trump weapon and can be used to narrow the gap between Azure and AWS.
There is another more subtle reason to assume that the acquisition will benefit Microsoft. When Microsoft paid $26 billion for LinkedIn, its chief executive, Satya,
At least in Silicon Valley, it is not uncommon for employers to ask you to provide GitHub resume instead of traditional resume. If Microsoft tries to understand the modern skills economy, GitHub can provide a powerful driving force.