European Commission approves GitHub acquisition by Microsoft

EU approves Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition

Today, their investigation concluded, and it seems the Commission doesn't believe there's anything to worry about - as it announced in a press release today, the regulatory body has approved Microsoft's purchase of GitHub "unconditionally".

The EU's rather complimentary approval comes just a few days ahead of Microsoft's latest quarterly earnings report where we can be sure to hear of early plans incorporating the purchase into one of many business sectors the company reports on.

In particular, it said it looked at whether Microsoft would have the ability and incentive to further integrate its own devops tools and cloud services with GitHub while limiting integration with third party tools and services.

Microsoft has previously said it expects the acquisition to close before the end of the year.

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Microsoft is a global technology company based in the United States active in the design, development and supply of computer software, hardware devices and related services, cloud-based solutions, online advertising, recruiting and professional social network services. The Commission concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the open nature of GitHub's platform. 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.

Fortunately for Microsoft, the $7.5 billion acquisition was seen as having little undermining power to the open nature of GitHub, perhaps, due in part to Microsoft's war chest of open source contributions.

Finally, we will bring Microsoft's developer tools and services to new audiences.

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