Microsoft ‘Wins Over Skeptics, Open-Source Great Satan No More’, Declares Bloomberg

Microsoft cloud chief Scott Guthrie says the company wasn’t ready to acquire GitHub in 2014. “We would have screwed it up,” he tells Bloomberg. But as he sees it, there was also another problem.

“The open-source world would’ve rightly looked at us at the time as the antichrist. We didn’t have the credibility that we have now around open source…”

An anonymous reader quotes Bloomberg’s report:
Since then, Microsoft has turned itself into one of the biggest developers of open-source software and has persuaded customers to trust applications built using rival tools and programs to Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing service, boosting Azure revenue and usage. More than 60 percent of the company’s team that works with cloud-app developers were hired for their expertise in non-Microsoft programming tools or cloud services. A full version of the open-source Linux operating system is even being added to Windows. The efforts are bringing new software builders to the Microsoft camp.

Last June, Guthrie and Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella finally unveiled an agreement to acquire GitHub. While there was still some initial agita in the developer community and rivals gained some refugee users from GitHub, one year later the deal is noteworthy mainly for how little drama it’s caused. Most GitHub users just continued putting their code there. “Some people were upset, but few, because Microsoft had spent years building up goodwill with the open-source community,” said Matt Asay, an Adobe Inc. senior director who is a longtime open-source developer and previous Microsoft opponent. “There was a knee-jerk sort of ‘remember, they’re the Great Satan’ reaction, but it was halfhearted.”

The article also notes that after Microsoft acquired GitHub, 113,000 code repositories moved to GitLab.

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