Yes, a whopping 7.5bn. What is more frightening is that it is going to be sold to a company with mostly proprietary standing, especially in the past. I’ve been using Github to make prototypes, coding and other code sharing services. I’ve even used Github for static site hosting for free.
Who knows what Microsoft will do with the website that shares everything open sourced? It doesn’t sound very nice to me though, but what can we do? The fact that Microsoft is willing to purchase a free platform at 7.5bn with little potential revenue in the future keeps us questioning. If you know some reasons or can hypothesize around the mysterious acquisition, please enlighten me. This “good” or “bad” news came as a shock to me, I didn’t expect a company geared at selling already highly successful software for so many years and fairly useful Microsoft Surface hardware products would look to acquire an otherwise open-source website. It seems like a paradox and it doesn’t make sense to me either.
I really can’t think of the consequences or any impact this will bring. You may share your thoughts about this matter in the comments and I will be curious to know more about it.