Originally let's talk about the big blue elephant called Azure. We will not be surprised if Redmond uses GitHub to compete with AWS. With captured millions of developers, Microsoft could make it happen.
Getting GitHub like we also mentioned in a previous publication it's a very good PR move for Microsoft. The use of one brand name that was at the core of open source development is a very good strategy for a business that is desperately trying to shed its legacy of "embrace, extend and delete".
But let's go to the hardest: Over the years, GitHub has been established almost like a monopoly.
Microsoft's acquisition of Microsoft has scared some developers, many of whom are thinking of resorting to rival services. Competition is good, although monopolies are rare. It will be interesting to see how GitLab and BitBucket will handle the crisis.
But is Microsoft a monopoly? If you think it is, forget about its market share. Reality is much simpler.
In a nutshell:
The entire product line of the company is based on "intellectual property rights." And the most outrageous thing is that they entrust to us, the taxpayer, the cost of enforcing the rights.
Let's look at an example. Imagine that you want to get into the potato business. You buy a potato and plant it. Invest your time and energy to multiply the potato and build a huge farm. When the time comes for harvesting, you can sell your potatoes in direct competition with the one who has given you the first potato.
Now imagine that you want to sell Windows instead of potatoes: you buy a copy of Windows, copy it N times and start selling it. Just like the example above with the potatoes. …. You will be imprisoned!
So, as you can see, it's a crime to compete with Microsoft for the same products. You have to invent your own "potato" if you want to compete with such a company, but still sell a substitute for their products. So Redmond buys the substitution culture area and that certainly adds extra monopoly bonus to the company's drawer.
Imagine now a world where there is only one product supplier. That's exactly what is happening with the code software right now. Here somewhere is trying to put open source software as the only sector in which competition in the same product is allowed.
In this sense Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub is a defeat for the free community software and another Redmond win.