Microsoft today announced that they are shutting down CodePlex. CodePlex is Microsoft’s free open source project hosting site where developers were able to create projects to collaborate with others on their projects and download open source software. Microsoft launched CorePlex 11 years back when there was very few open source project hosting sites. GitHub came to the market a few years later, but it has now become the de facto place for open source project sharing and most open source projects have migrated there. Even Microsoft is now using GitHub and several of its open source projects are now on GitHub (Visual Studio Code, TypeScript, .NET, the Cognitive Toolkit, and more).
Microsoft has already disabled the ability to create new CodePlex projects from today. In October, they will set CodePlex to read-only, before shutting it down completely on December 15th, 2017. Microsoft is also helping developers to migrate their data from CodePlex to GitHub. There is a streamlined import experience to bring your CodePlex source code, license, and documentation to GitHub. Also, Microsoft will be providing CodePlex Archive that will allow developers to download an archive file with their CodePlex source code, releases, documentation, issues, and license, all in common formats like Markdown and JSON.
Learn more about this announcement here.