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8 Things Partners Need To Know About Microsoft's Acquisition Of GitHub

Microsoft's $7.5 billion acquisition of the industry's largest code repository will reverberate through the channel, creating new opportunities to drive enterprise practices and win influence over the next generation of software developers.

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Open Source Cred

The world's largest software maker once notoriously maintained a tight grip over a closed ecosystem.

Since the appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO in 2014, the company has dramatically changed that reality, and perception, by investing heavily in open technologies.

Microsoft, notably, has open sourced the .NET development and PowerShell configuration management frameworks, developing Azure Sphere, a Linux-based operating system for Internet of Things and introducing Linux to its Azure Cloud.

"All of this makes an acquisition of GitHub strategic to Microsoft itself and reinforces their need to be the center of the development universe," Reed Wiedower, CTO of New Signature, a Microsoft partner based in Washington, D.C., told CRN.

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