The heart of tech

This article was published on June 4, 2018


It’s official: Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion

GitHub has joined the Microsoft fold

It’s official: Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion
Matthew Hughes
Story by

Matthew Hughes

Former TNW Reporter

Matthew Hughes is a journalist from Liverpool, England. His interests include security, startups, food, and storytelling. Follow him on Twi Matthew Hughes is a journalist from Liverpool, England. His interests include security, startups, food, and storytelling. Follow him on Twitter.

After much speculation, Microsoft has confirmed its acquisition of the social coding platform Github in an all-stock deal worth $7.5 billion.

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval.

As part of the purchase, Microsoft is installing a new CEO. Former Xamarin chief Nat Friedman will replace the outgoing GitHub CEO and co-founder, Chris Wanstrath. Microsoft says that Wandstrath will join the company as a technical fellow.

The deal is unlikely to change the day-to-day running of GitHub. Microsoft says that the service will continue to run independently, and will retain its “developer ethos.”

This story is developing.

Also tagged with