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Jun 5, 2018

Microsoft Buying GitHub Pushes Developers to GitLab, BitBucket, SourceForge

Microsoft confirmed a few hours ago that it’s buying GitHub, and although the company has promised not to make any dramatic changes to the service, developers have already started an en-masse migration to alternative code repositories.

Several devs have expressed concerns over the future of GitHub under Microsoft ownership, especially because the software giant would thus obtain direct access to all hosted projects.

As a result, services like GitLab, BitBucket, and SourceForge are already experiencing a major spike in the number of accounts that are migrated to their servers, with some even trying to capitalize on this moment in order to convince as many developers as possible to switch sides.

After congratulating GitHub for the acquisition, GitLab revealed on its blog that it recorded a massive increase in the number of projects migrated to its service.

“We're seeing 10x the normal daily amount of repositories. We're scaling our fleet to try to stay up,” it said, adding that new GitLab users would receive a 75% percent discount for GitLab Ultimate or Gold for one year.
"Still the largest code repository?"

Bitbucket also experienced a similar increase after Microsoft confirmed the takeover of GitHub and highlighted on its website the reasons developers should pick its service.

“After the announcement of Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, Bitbucket started to see a spike in the number of GitHub users migrating their repositories to Bitbucket. Why? Many users understand they can get everything they had on GitHub in Bitbucket plus more, and at a lower cost,” it said.

In its turn, SourceForge tried to capitalize on this trend with the release of a migration tool from GitHub, allowing devs to easily move their projects to its service. This utility is promoted right on the official website, despite the company not providing any figures as to how many developers already switched following the Microsoft announcement.

Time will tell how many accounts GitHub is going to lose following the Microsoft takeover, but before the announcement it was the largest code repository with more than 27 million developer accounts.

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