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Microsoft to Buy World’s Largest Open-Source Code Host “GitHub” for $7.5 Billion

In, what is being seen as, the biggest software-related announcement in recent weeks, Microsoft revealed Monday that it was going to acquire GitHub, one the world’s foremost open-source code repositories.

GitHub, which was valued at around $2 billion in 2015, is expected to be well worth the whopping $7.5 billion that Microsoft is paying for its acquisition in an all-stock deal.

The merger will provide developers a much bigger platform, empowering them with the best of both worlds to learn, share, and collaborate in the open-source ecosystem.

“Microsoft is a developer-first company, and by joining forces with GitHub we strengthen our commitment to developer freedom, openness and innovation,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said.

“We recognize the community responsibility we take on with this agreement and will do our best work to empower every developer to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges.”

If things proceed according to plan, we could well see the acquisition happen by the end of 2018.

It is common knowledge in the world of developers that, in today’s era, companies, big and small, prefer cloud-based services to develop code in a collaborative manner.

According to a Nadella, GitHub currently has some 28 million developers using its platform; and, with more than 85 million code repositories, GitHub is also the world’s largest source-code host, allowing users to share their work “with the world, get feedback, and contribute to millions of repositories.”

GitHub not only has plans for free accounts, it also offers private repositories with additional features and benefits as part of the package.

Under the new deal, GitHub will continue to operate independently, with no change to its developer-first culture of providing an open platform for developers across businesses.

“First, we will empower developers at every stage of the development lifecycle – from ideation to collaboration to deployment to the cloud. Going forward, GitHub will remain an open platform, which any developer can plug into and extend,” Nadella wrote in a blog post.

“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,” he said.

“Most importantly, we recognize the responsibility we take on with this agreement. We are committed to being stewards of the GitHub community, Nadella promised.

“We will always listen to developer feedback and invest in both fundamentals and new capabilities.”

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman will replace Chris Wanstrath as GitHub’s chief executive officer, while Wanstrath will “become a Microsoft technical fellow, reporting to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives.”

The choice of Friedman to lead GitHub appears to be an ideal one when you consider the Xamarin founder’s experience in open-source solutions.

“He will continue to report to Microsoft Cloud + AI Group Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie,” says Nadella.

“I’m extremely proud of what GitHub and our community have accomplished over the past decade, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

“The future of software development is bright, and I’m thrilled to be joining forces with Microsoft to help make it a reality.

“Their focus on developers lines up perfectly with our own, and their scale, tools and global cloud will play a huge role in making GitHub even more valuable for developers everywhere,” Wanstrath said.

Moody’s senior vice president Rick Lane says that “Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub reflects the company’s ongoing pivot to open source software, seeking to further broaden its large and growing development community,” adding that the deal is a testament to the ever-growing significance of cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

A month after it was established in 2008, GitHub founder Chris Wanstrath announced in a blog post that the company had 2,000 developers using its platform and within the first year of the company going online, it had more than 46,000 repositories under its belt.

Microsoft itself has been a big GitHub user, taking advantage of the platform to host a number of open-source projects and tools, including Visual Studio Code, Chakra Core, and PowerShell.

Not only that, Microsoft has also supported other open source projects such as Linux, in addition to developing the Git Virtual File System, making it possible for GitHub to manage huge repositories.

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A Sneak Peek at Microsoft Windows 10 Design Changes

Microsoft gave a sneak peek at the new-look Windows 10 Wednesday during a Windows developer stream. One of the major objectives for the change is to encourage more and more developers to make great Apps specific to Windows 10 by providing the necessary tools to make their jobs easier. This update will boost the sales of modern pc computers and custom gaming pc providers like fierce PC.

The new Operating System update internally referred to as Project Neon will include features like animations and effects, among others, to allow the OS and Apps to work in perfect unison.

If the Windows Developer Live Stream is anything to go by, the upcoming Windows 10 update promises an ultimate user experience and graphics. Here are some of the features, not too many I’m afraid, of the revamped OS update as was revealed during the stream.

* Built-in effects, fluid semantic animations, and new controls for default experiences will provide a much-enhanced user experience.

* The new Windows 10 design and features make it easier for App developers to make high-quality Apps specific to the OS.

* The “Start” menu has a different and more organized look about it in that it allows users to group tiles into folders according to preference giving it a personalized feel.

Once you have decided on the tiles you wish to group together simply drag and drop them on top of each other and a folder containing the chosen tiles is created.

Clicking on the folder will open a drop-down menu showing the tiles in the folder. This ensures unnecessary cluttering through proper organization and personalization.

Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic
Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic

* MS Edge browser has a tab preview bar that provides info about open tabs by opening thumbnail images of the tabs when you click on the icon next to the tab as seen in the picture below.

Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic
Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic

* Tabs can be set aside in the MS Edge browser by clicking a button. They can be restored later from a side menu as seen in the picture below. A sharing option, “Share tabs,” is also available should the user decide to share it with another App.

Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic
Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic

* All Bluetooth and connected devices are grouped together on the Device Settings page for better management of devices. See picture below.

Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic
Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic

* A plethora of themes will be made available in the Windows store to download from. The Personalization section of the Settings menu will allow users to manage themes.

Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic
Image: Nick Heath / TechRepublic
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Nokia Joins the Android Race With its First Android Smartphone – Nokia 6

HMD Global (HMD) has acquired the exclusive global rights from Microsoft to market the Nokia brand for a minimum of ten years.

Microsoft had taken over the Nokia mobile phones division in 2013 for US$7.2 billion but dropped the Nokia brand name in 2014 and started marketing the phone under the Microsoft banner.

However, Microsoft’s attempt turned out to be a wrong decision – a failure, in fact, according to its own admission, which resulted in the downsizing of its mobile division.

An estimated 7,800 employees lost their jobs worldwide and losses incurred by Microsoft were around $7.6 billion – or maybe even more, according to some estimates.

As fate would have it, Nokia’s legacy will stay on with the recent confirmation by Nokia that a licensing agreement has been finalized with HMD Global.

Further confirmation of the deal was provided by HMD, itself, with the announcement that it will begin its Nokia operations under an exclusive global brand licensing for a minimum of ten years.

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Interim president of Nokia Technologies, Brad Rodrigues said in a statement, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown around the world for the return of the Nokia brand to smartphones. The HMD Global team has the ambition, talent, and resources to bring a new generation of Nokia branded phones to market, and we wish them every success. I’m sure our millions of Nokia fans will be excited to see their new products.” which is not far from the truth as Nokia die-hards are indeed excited about the new Nokia 6 smartphone. It has brought about a sense of nostalgia as Nokia was once the leaders in the mobile phone industry.

On Sunday, HMD Global made public the new Nokia 6 smartphone for the Chinese market, apparently, a litmus test for the Nokia 6 before it goes global.

According to their release the phone will be sold online in China through JD.com, an e-commerce biggie in China headquartered in Beijing.

Now that we have covered the business aspect and deals surrounding the Nokia comeback, let’s talk about the smartphone itself and what it has on offer for its eagerly waiting customers.

The Nokia 6 Smartphone:

Manufactured By – Foxconn, a Taiwanese contract manufacturing company

• Operating System (OS) – Newest version of Google’s mobile operating system, the Android Nougat

• Display – 5.5-inch full High Definition (HD) screen, 1920X 1080 pixels.

• Aesthetics – Metallic sides with rounded corners

* Fingerprint Scanner – Rectangular fingerprint scanner with rounded edges on the front side of the phone

• Processor – Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor

• Back Camera – 16-megapixel phase detection autofocus camera.

• Front/Selfie Camera – 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front.

• Other Features – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, dual amplifiers.

• Price – 1,699 CNY or approximately US$ 250

A failure under Microsoft, Nokia is looking forward to gaining back its lost glory under HMD Global.