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04-06-2018, 04:59 PM.
Post: #151
RE: Microsoft Corporation
Microsoft Will Acquire Coding Site GitHub

By Dina Bass , Eric Newcomer , and Mark Bergen
June 4, 2018, 2:26 AM GMT+8 Updated on June 4, 2018, 1:37 PM GMT+8

For Microsoft Corp., acquiring GitHub Inc. would be both a return to the company’s earliest roots and a sharp turnaround from where it was a decade ago.

The software maker has agreed to acquire GitHub, the code-repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.

Microsoft’s origin story lies in the market for software-development tools. Decades before former Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer jumped up and down on a stage, cheering for "developers, developers, developers," Bill Gates and Paul Allen co-founded the company to give hobbyists a way to program a new micro-computer kit, the MITS Altair.

More details in https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/...ite-github
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04-06-2018, 06:52 PM.
Post: #152
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Devs are flooding to GitLab amidst Github Microsoft acquisition rumors
https://thenextweb.com/dd/2018/06/04/dev...on-rumors/
by MATTHEW HUGHES — 44 minutes ago in DESIGN & DEV
Quote:Last night, Bloomberg reported that Microsoft has acquired GitHub. The deal is still unconfirmed by both parties (I asked, they said “no comment“), but it’s believed Microsoft will announce it later today.

Suffice to say, not everyone is happy about it. A quick search on Twitter finds countless people proclaiming that Github is dead, and promising to move to rival services — like GitLab and Atlassian’s BitBucket.


Bad idea IMO. Microsoft is a closed platform, and Github is a neutral platform that mainly supports open-sourced software development. This move is kinda against the original intent of Github in the first place and will probably alienate majority of it's original user base.

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11-07-2019, 08:14 PM.
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Microsoft opens first retail store in Europe – just down the street from Apple
* London will be Microsoft’s third flagship store destination, along with Sydney and New York City.
* Microsoft is among a growing list of tech companies expanding their physical presence to complement online sales.
* “There’s no doubt that a physical store is actually very good for choosing physical products and that’s part of why we’re here,” Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela said.

Elizabeth Schulze
PUBLISHED WED, JUL 10 2019  9:00 AM EDT
UPDATED WED, JUL 10 2019  9:07 AM EDT

Microsoft will open its first retail store in Europe on Thursday as the software giant looks to boost its physical presence and compete with other tech companies offering unique in-store experiences for customers.

The 21,932 square-foot Microsoft store will be located on Oxford Circus in the center of London’s famous shopping district – just down the street from Apple’s flagship Regent Street location. London will be Microsoft’s third flagship destination, along with Sydney and New York City.

“This is our very first foray into Europe, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be in London,” Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela said in an interview Tuesday.

Microsoft is among a growing list of tech companies expanding their physical presence to complement online sales. Amazon is reportedly planning to open up to 3,000 cashier-less grocery stores by 2021. Chinese tech giant Xiaomi told CNBC in February it plans to triple its European store count by the end of the year.

Richard Lim, CEO of research firm Retail Economics, said tech companies are looking to generate buzz and loyalty in their brands by offering new in-store experiences.

“Primary locations like Oxford Street, where there’s sustainable levels of footfall, where the experience is much more than retail, is one of the crucial ingredients for success,” Lim said.

Microsoft’s 3-floor store includes an Xbox gaming room, a customized McLaren, meeting rooms for enterprise clients and a digital classroom where students can learn how to code. Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft U.K., said the store appeals to general consumers, as well as the company’s more targeted customers like businesses and gamers.

The store also highlights Microsoft’s Surface computers and tablets, which have helped the software titan grow its hardware business. Sales of Surface devices increased 21 percent year-on-year last quarter.

“The Surface hardware that you see all throughout the store, that’s going to be a big big seller,” Capossela said. “There’s no doubt that a physical store is actually very good for choosing physical products and that’s part of why we’re here.”

More details in https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/10/microsof...ircus.html
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