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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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If You Can't Beat Them...

Microsoft once competed against GitHub with CodePlex, a social development service it launched all the way back in 2006.

But the competitive posture began to change even before Microsoft shuttered CodePlex last year.

To support its open source contributions, Microsoft became "very invested in GitHub" in the last couple years, said Reed Wiedower, CTO of New Signature, a Microsoft partner based in Washington, D.C.

Microsoft's Visual Studio Code, a source code editor, has long been the open source project with the most contributors on GitHub.

When Microsoft put CodePlex to pasture, it further solidified its relationship with GitHub to enable developers using its platform to migrate code to the rival repository so as not to stymie their work.

Microsoft also offers a git repository in Visual Studio Team Services, the online version of Team Foundation Server, a source code management platform that contributed features to CodePlex.

Nick Colyer, practice manager for cloud management and automation at AHEAD, a Microsoft and GitHub partner, told CRN that VS Team Services and GitHub are likely points of product integration.

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