This week Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire GitHub, building on our partnership that has spanned the last several years. When the acquisition completes, GitHub will remain the independent and trusted, open environment that it is today.

“We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, which will retain its developer-first ethos, operate independently and remain an open platform,” said CEO Satya Nadella in a blog post. “We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals and new capabilities.”

GitHub is home to 28 million developers and more than 85 million code repositories used by people in almost every country, including Microsoft developers. In fact, Microsoft is currently the most active organization on GitHub, with more than 2 million project commits, even hosting the Windows source in a massive 300GB Git repository.

The Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) team has worked closely with GitHub in recent years on Git, as well as other open source projects, including libgit2, GVFS, and Git LFS. It’s been a very successful partnership — one where both organizations contribute to the overall Git community and ensure that users have a great experience when using our combined products.

“Microsoft is all-in on open source,” said Nadella. “We have been on a journey with open source, and today we are active in the open source ecosystem, we contribute to open source projects, and some of our most vibrant developer tools and frameworks are open source.”

For more on this news, check out the announcement or the below media coverage:

Why Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub is a good thing for developers by Venture Beat
GitHub’s new CEO isn’t asking for your trust, he plans to earn it by The Next Web
GitHub deal shows how much Microsoft has changed by Financial Times