Why Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub is a good thing for developers

by Aaron Upright

When the news that Microsoft is acquiring GitHub became official early Monday, reactions were mixed. Understandably, GitHub’s user base, which consists mostly of developers, is skeptical of the move. The union of a source code platform with the maker of Office 360 (and Microsoft Clippy) might seem like an odd pairing. But if you believe that development, and developers, belong at the heart of all work, then this is some of the most exciting news to emerge since GitHub was founded.

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