“Within just a few hours of the GitHub-Microsoft announcement, we saw tens of thousands of developers migrating their repositories and projects over to alternatives like GitLab. Why? Microsoft used to be the enemy of open source. While that’s not the case anymore — the company is a huge contributor of code and resources to open source – Microsoft can’t seem to shake its longstanding identity as the evil empire,” says Steve Newman, CEO and founder of Scalyr, which provides log analysis tools for network operators. Newman is the former founder of Writely, which was acquired by Google and became Google Docs.
Newman adds, “It’s also possible that many companies that compete with Microsoft, such as Google and AWS, now feel pressure to withdraw the massive amounts of code they currently keep in GitHub.”