EU approves Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition

Microsoft made the announcement about GitHub acquisition back in June 2018 and has been working with regulators around the world to close the deal. Last month, we reported that Microsoft is expected to get a final ruling from EU on its GitHub acquisition by October 19. Today, Microsoft announced that it got approval for its GitHub acquisition from EU.

The Commission found that the combination of Microsoft and GitHub’s activities on these markets would raise no competition concerns because the merged entity would continue to face significant competition from other players on both markets.

EU’s investigation also confirmed that Microsoft would not have the market power to undermine the open nature of GitHub to the detriment of competing DevOps tools and cloud services.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, mentioned the following as the three things we can expect from Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub.

  • First, we will empower developers at every stage of the development lifecycle – from ideation to collaboration to deployment to the cloud. Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects – and will still be able to deploy their code on any cloud and any device.
  • Second, we will accelerate enterprise developers’ use of GitHub, with our direct sales and partner channels and access to Microsoft’s global cloud infrastructure and services.
  • Finally, we will bring Microsoft’s developer tools and services to new audiences.

Learn more about this acquisition here.

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