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Microsoft embraces open source software as it acquires GitHub for $7.5B

It seems like Microsoft Corp. is fully embracing open source software as it bought Github, the largest source code repository for 28 million developers and programmers who openly publish code.

In a report by, Microsoft previously considered coders as a ‘threat’ to their business being a software company, and former Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and his team, even referring to such project as a ‘cancer’.

Despite its history opposing open software, Microsoft’s current CEO Satya Nadella expressed his support to open source software in a blog post.

He said: “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.”

Nadella also said that Microsoft’s deal with Github will contribute to their development when it comes to the cloud and artificial intelligence.

“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,” he added.

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