After Microsoft announced its acquisition of GitHub for $7.5 billion, the code-hosting platform with more than 28 million developers worldwide will be operating independently under Microsoft's vast cloud computing framework. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CFO Amy Hood, GitHub co-founder and current CEO Chris Wanstrath, and Nat Friedman, the incoming GitHub CEO (also Xamarin founder), shared about the acquisition and Microsoft yesterday in a brief media teleconference. More details on the subsequent planning of GitHub.
Microsoft has great plans to expand GitHub coverage and integrate the platform into the Microsoft ecosystem, but all plans will be based on the following two principles: GitHub will remain autonomous and operate independently, and GitHub is open to the owner.
1. Three Strategies to Integrate GitHub into Microsoft Ecology
Microsoft CEO Nadella talked about how Microsoft has become the most active organization on GitHub in the past few years, submitted more than 2 million project commits and updates, and stated that Microsoft is fully committed to open source.
As for how GitHub will evolve into a Microsoft company, Nadella focuses on three major strategies: empowering developers at all stages of the development cycle, accelerating GitHub for enterprise development, and leveraging the platform to allow more users to use Microsoft's development tools and service.
Keeping GitHub open
GitHub founder Chris Wanstrath stated that GitHub will be an open platform for all developers regardless of the programming language, platform, operating system, or encoding device used. Like previous LinkedIn and Minecraft, Nadella’s Microsoft will keep acquired companies independent and identifiable.
Nat Friedman, who will be the CEO of GitHub after the transaction closes, reiterates that GitHub is committed to becoming an open platform where anyone can upload and contribute code.
Wanstrath and Friedman made it clear that developers fear that Microsoft's problem of disrupting the GitHub atmosphere will not exist.
3, leadership team reorganization
Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said that the company will complete the transaction by the end of the year with the supervision and approval of the U.S. and European Union regulators. By then, Wanstrath will serve as a technical Fellow of Microsoft and will report to Microsoft's AI, cloud computing and chief development engineer Scott Guthrie. Friedman will take over as CEO of GitHub and report to Guthrie as well.
4, cloud platform integration
The new Microsoft slogan of Nadella period is "intellectual cloud, intelligent edge". The acquisition of GitHub will play an important role in this goal. According to Friedman, cloud is a core requirement for developers, and Microsoft will focus on not only plugging in its own Azure into GitHub, but also integrating other platforms (such as AWS and Google Cloud) to help developers.
5. Enter GitHub Marketplace
Microsoft has many plans for the GitHub Marketplace. Friedman said Microsoft plans to use the market to make all development tools and services available to anyone in the developer community.
6, integrated Visual Studio Code
Finally, Friedman said that Microsoft will directly integrate the functionality of its open source Visual Studio Code development environment into GitHub, providing developers with a "more seamless experience" to collaborate and merge code and have more code Efficient end-to-end experience.