Microsoft revealed its plans to buy open-source code repository GitHub in a deal valued at US$7.5 billion ($A9.8 billion) on Monday.
GitHub, a US-based startup, provides a global platform that more than 28 million developers use to share code and work together on open source projects. Microsoft said that the all-stock deal will accelerate enterprise use of GitHub while still giving developers access to the platform they love.
According to Microsoft, privately-held GitHub will retain its "developer-first ethos" and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers across 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 said in its official statement announcing the deal.
Microsoft's corporate vice president Nat Friedman, the founder of former mobile app development platform Xamarin, a company that was acquired by Microsoft in 2016, will become GitHub's new chief executive. GitHub’s current boss, Chris Wanstrath, will become a Microsoft technical fellow and will report to Microsoft's executive vice president Scott Guthrie.
"Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation," Microsoft chief Satya Nadella in a statement.
"We recognise the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges."
The acquisition move spurred GitHub rival GitLab to jump on the marketing offensive, touting this week on Twitter of a five-fold increase in new customers following news of the impending Microsoft-GitHub deal.
Reports surfaced late last week that Microsoft had resumed talks to buy GitHub.
Sources close to both companies told Business Insider last week that Microsoft had been considering an acquisition for a few years, but negotiations had been on and off until now.
GitHub was valued at US$2 billion during its last funding round in 2015.
The deal is subject to regulatory review and the two companies expect the transaction to close by the end of 2018.