GitHub's Free Users Will Now Be Able to Make Private Repositories

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GitHub, the code storage and developer data gold mine acquired by Microsoft previous year, has lowered the price it charges for private repositories from $7 per month to zero. These projects are typically open-source not because their authors have any particular desire to share them with the world but because GitHub gave them no choice: free GitHub accounts could only create public repositories.

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".

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Until recently, developers who wanted to create private git repositories without opening their wallets were forced to use a rival service - most frequently BitBucket.

It's been a little more than months since GitHub was officially acquired by Microsoft, and the Redmond giant is expected to make an important announcement regarding free accounts tomorrow, January 8. Some of these are major, widely used projects such as the Node.js server-side JavaScript platform, but many of them are small, personal projects, half-written programs, and experiments.

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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. Yes, enterprises can now access both cloud and server solution at one per-seat price.

GitHub Pro (formerly GitHub Developer) and GitHub Team will remain available for developers and teams looking for professional coding and collaboration features. Second, GitHub's Business Cloud and Enterprise services are being unified under one banner, called "Enterprise Cloud".

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