GitHub Free plan now includes unlimited private repositories

Microsoft's Git Hub will give free users unlimited private repositories.                  Microsoft

"For the first time, developers can use GitHub for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository for free", it said.

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.

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.

Microsoft's GitHub will give free users unlimited private repositories.

Microsoft bought GitHub to win the hearts and minds of software developers, and this could be an important step towards that goal.

Update: It's official, GitHub has just announced that GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories with up to three collaborators per repository.

GitHub co-founder Chris Wanstrath, future GitHub CEO Nat Friedman, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Microsoft CFO Amy Hood.

If the limit on collaborators gets in the way, you can upgrade to a "Pro" account to invite an unlimited number of collaborators and get access to advanced code review tools. Notably, free private repositories are a hallmark feature of GitHub rivals like Gitlab or Atlassian BitBucket.

GitHub also announced that it's consolidated its existing products for the business under the GitHub Enterprise brand, which it will now sell as one subscription. Additionally, GitHub is launching GitHub Enterprise, the new unified product for Enterprise Cloud and Enterprise Server.

Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub was a major play for the hearts and minds of software developers, everywhere.

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