Microsoft will buy privately held coding website GitHub for $7.5 billion in an all-stock deal to beef up its cloud computing business. Fred Katayama reports.
(REUTERS, MICROSOFT) – Microsoft is buying privately held coding website GitHub for $7.5 billion in an all-stock deal.
It’s a big bet on its fast-growing cloud business.
And it’s aiming at market leader Amazon.
GitHub supplies coding tools and calls itself the world’s largest code host, with more than 28 million developers using its platform.
The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.
Microsoft shares were up on the news.
Jack Gold of J.Gold Associates:
JACK GOLD, PRESIDENT AND PRINCIPAL ANALYST, J.GOLD ASSOCIATES,
“I think it’s a great buy for Microsoft. Microsoft is trying to establish themselves as the premier app hosting service in the cloud. And they’ve been very successful in the enterprise, not as much in commercial, where AWS, in particular, and also Google has done a very good job. By getting GitHub under their belt, this allows them to build a pretty substantial community of app developers in the commercial space and even in the enterprise space.”
GitHub is Microsoft’s largest acquisition since its $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn in 2016.
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