GitHub is the Mecca of programmers and Microsoft is a terrible, giant corporation and has a long history of abusing its power to unbelievable extents. Thus, you are not on board with a bad actor acquiring a good actor.
That is flawless logic. And now, let me explain to you why you are going to personally benefit from this acquisition if you are anywhere near as heavy user of GitHub as me:
What We Know
- GitHub was last valued at $2 billion.
- Microsoft acquired GitHub at $7.5 billion.
- GitHub stopped improving and the contributors are frustrated.
- The relevancy of Desktop is decreasing relative to browsers, the server side and smartphones, so do Windows with it.
- In 2014 Satya Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft. He took the company to a different direction.
- Microsoft is trying hard to win the hearts of developers. It open sourced and cross-platformed .NET, built Visual Studio Code and it became the largest open source contributor on GitHub.
Connecting The Dots
Microsoft is desperate to improve its image and developer relationships, because Windows is losing ground and their developer tools are coming up again. If you would be Microsoft what would you do? “Acquire the most beloved thing that open-source developers use, the very ones who hate us the most. And then: turn them. Even if we have to pay a hefty premium for it. Better, since GitHub is delivering virtually nothing lately, it will be a piece of cake for us to show off to our biggest haters how “great” company we are.”
There you go… This is Microsoft’s evil master plan. Make GitHub much better to silence its haters.