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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 Community Meets Enterprise

In 2017, GitHub launched an enterprise-focused version of its platform that runs behind an organization's firewall, enabling admins to control access to proprietary software.

Since then, GitHub has served dual purposes -- a place for developers to collaborate on open source projects, as well as for large enterprises to manage internally built resources and coordinate advanced software development practices.

Microsoft pledged on Monday that GitHub will retain its "developer-first ethos" and operate independently to provide an open platform for developers across all industries.

But Microsoft's influence should help ramp business on the enterprise side of the fence dramatically, giving partners new inroads into large accounts.

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