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GitHub now serves over 100M developers

GitHub has achieved its goal to serve 100 million developers with two years to spare.

In 2019, GitHub set a goal to have 100 million developers using the service by 2025. In a blog post, GitHub announced that it’s already reached that historic milestone.

GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke wrote:

“Today, I’m excited to share that there are now officially more than 100 million developers using GitHub to build, maintain, and contribute to software projects.

This not only puts us two years ahead of schedule, but represents a huge responsibility for us at GitHub to continue putting developers first.”

Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion in 2018. GitHub’s paid subscriptions currently generate around $1 billion per year.

As rumours began circulating that Microsoft was acquiring GitHub, many developers were concerned about the platform’s future. GitLab saw a large influx of developers using its GitHub import tool; suggesting that many were preparing to jump ship.

Some of the more alarmist takes suggested that GitHub’s popularity would dwindle following Microsoft’s acquisition. However, the numbers speak for themselves.

When Microsoft acquired GitHub, it had around 28 million users. The number of developers on Microsoft’s platform has more than tripled in the five years since.

“As the home for 100 million developers and counting, we take our responsibility seriously to help bring more new developers into technology and help people work together to build the next great thing, accelerate human progress, and solve problems we don’t yet understand,” adds Dohmke.

“Because when more developers work together and have everything they need to be at their best, incredible things happen for everyone.”

(Image Credit: GitHub)

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