Many open-source advocates are viewing Microsoft’s purchase of GitHub with concern. However, Microsoft is a champion of open source and itself a major user of GitHub, and has stated that GitHub will remain an openly accessible, independently functioning platform.

As noted by The Verge, there’s potentially a longer-term benefit associated with GitHub becoming a Microsoft property:

In bigger enterprises and slower moving businesses, the fact Microsoft has acquired GitHub will make it more trusted to use for projects and source control, simply because Microsoft is already trusted across many software and services by these companies.