Tuesday, 18 September 2018 08:04

EU sets 19 Oct for approving Microsoft's GitHub deal

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The European Union's anti-trust regulators have set 19 October as the date on which they will approve Microsoft's acquisition of the source code repository GitHub for US$7.5 billion (A$9.79 billion) in Microsoft stock.

A notice on the website of the European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, indicated that Microsoft had asked on 14 September for the acquisition to be approved.

The EC has set a provision deadline of 19 October for either approving or else beginning an investigation if it deems the deal would raise anti-competitive concerns.

Microsoft announced the deal on 5 June at which time GitHub had about 28 million developers working on 80 million repositories.

Microsoft has been one of the bigger code contributors to the site.

There has been mixed reaction to the acquisition, with open-source developers wary of the Redmond-based software giant's motives in buying GitHub.

One security researcher, Mustafa Al-Bassam raised the possibility that the NSA could now gain access to the code of GitHub as Microsoft has, in the past, allowed the spy agency access to its systems.

The last big Microsoft acquisition approved by the EU was the purchase of LinkedIn for US$26 billion.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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