GitHub's Free Users Will Now Be Able to Make Private Repositories
08 January, 2019, 06:30
Microsoft-owned GitHub is making a major change to its service.
"For the first time, developers can use GitHub for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository for free", it said.
Microsoft to date has maintained GitHub's previous strategy of limiting the ability to create private repositories that aren't visible to the public and are privately shared to paying customers.
The significant change to GitHub announced today by CEO Nat Friedman might be the first major change since Microsoft bought the company a year ago: free accounts can now create private repositories.
Microsoft is simplifying GitHub's business options as well. GitHub charged $7 a month for private repositories.
As such, GitHub represented a trade-off: you could use GitHub's services for free, but you had to share.
Update: It's official, GitHub has just announced that GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories with up to three collaborators per repository.
Microsoft previously acquired GitHub on June 4, 2018, with the deal having a $7.5 billion price tag in Microsoft stock and GitHub's CEO Chris Wanstrath becoming a Microsoft technical fellow, "reporting to Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie, to work on strategic software initiatives".
It's also worth noting that other services like Atlassian's BitBucket already offer free private repositories, so Microsoft will be catching up with the competition.
If the limit on collaborators gets in the way, you can upgrade to a "Pro" account to invite an unlimited number of collaborators and get access to advanced code review tools. The majority of the developer community will definitely love this change.