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Microsoft to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion

Acquisition will empower developers advance Microsoft services with new audiences.
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Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub for an estimated $7.5 billion.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub for an estimated $7.5 billion.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub for an estimated $7.5 billion.

By acquiring the software development platform, the Software maker said it is aiming to empower developers to achieve more at every stage of the development lifecycle, accelerate enterprise use of GitHub, and bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences. 

From left: Chris Wanstrath, Github CEO; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate VP, Developer Services

From left: Chris Wanstrath, Github CEO; Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO; and Nat Friedman, Microsoft corporate VP, Developer Services

“Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation,” said company CEO Satya Nadella. 

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion in Microsoft stock. GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. 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 to any operating system, any cloud and any device. 

Microsoft Corporate VP Nat Friedman, founder of Xamarin and an open source veteran, will assume the role of GitHub CEO. GitHub’s current CEO, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to EVP Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives, Microsoft said.

Upon closing, Microsoft expects GitHub’s financials to be reported as part of the Intelligent Cloud segment. Microsoft expects the acquisition will be accretive to operating income in fiscal year 2020 on a non-GAAP basis, and to have minimal dilution of less than 1 percent to earnings per share in fiscal years 2019 and 2020 on a non-GAAP basis, based on the expected close time frame.