With only one move Microsoft has cemented GitHub as the ultimate Open Source repository, by finally finding a way to get developers paid.

GitHub Sponsors is a new feature of GitHub which would allow users to reward developers financially for the work they do.

As behoves one of the richest companies in the world, Microsoft will only be taking transaction fees, with the money otherwise 100% going to the developers. Microsoft is also offering payouts in all markets where GitHub operates.

To jump-start this new program Microsoft is also launching the GitHub Sponsors Matching Fund where GitHub will match all contributions up to $5,000 during a developer’s first year in GitHub Sponsors.

And it’s not just developers who can get paid. Maintainers, designers, programmers, researchers, teachers, writers, leaders are all eligible to be paid via their GitHub profile.

Microsoft is looking at ways to make GitHub Sponsors even better and have convened an advisory panel to explore the operational challenges faced by open source teams.

Read more about how to get involved at GitHub here.

Via the WC

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