Microsoft Announces Unlimited Private Repos for GitHub Free

Microsoft's Git Hub will give free users unlimited private repositories.                  Microsoft

GitHub has always had a free tier that developers can use to store and manage their code, but the company required users to pay $7 a month if they wanted to keep their code private.

This announcement comes courtesy of TheNextWeb.com, which admits it broke Microsoft's embargo on the news a day early. GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories with up to three collaborators per repository.

Asked whether Microsoft's deep pockets led to GitHub's revenue refusal, Kathy Simpson, senior director of product at GitHub, told The Register, "We are really excited about GitHub Free and being able to bring unlimited private repositories to the community". While that cost does add up over the year, it isn't too challenging to put together $7 a month if you have a job. This is a reasonable compromise that ensures Microsoft can see profit from GitHub for commercial projects while extending a great benefit to those who could use the help the most. This means if you are working on a project with other developers and need more than 3 collaborators, you would have to get a paid account, which is now called GitHub Pro.

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Microsoft bought GitHub to win the hearts and minds of software developers, and this could be an important step towards that goal. Businesses can now access both for one per-seat price.

Overall these changes should help GitHub continue to develop a healthy ecosystem of users.

GitHub Enterprise is GitHub's new unified product for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise). Based on customer feedback, unlimited free private repositories was the top-requested feature.

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