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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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Abandoned IPO, New CEO

GitHub was widely expected to cruise to an IPO.

The change in course, to some degree, is thought related to challenges in replacing Chris Wanstrath (pictured) as CEO -- the GitHub co-founder has stayed on in the top job since announcing his resignation last August.

Microsoft has resolved the leadership issue by naming Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman, the founder of mobile app development platform Xamarin, acquired by Microsoft in 2016, as Wanstrath's replacement.

Friedman's experience building a platform for open source developers makes him a natural choice to advance GitHub capabilities, and package them as an enterprise-grade solution Microsoft partners can leverage to drive more business with their largest customers.

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