EU reportedly ready to approve Microsoft's GitHub acquisition

Microsoft is reportedly set to receive the all-clear from EU antitrust regulators on its purchase of GitHub. According to Reuters, the EU will announce unconditional approval of the $7.5 billion deal.

Microsoft revealed in June that it had agreed to acquire GitHub, which already plays host to some 28 million developers as a development platform. Should the deal receive approval, Microsoft says that GitHub will continue to operate as an independent entity with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman taking over as CEO.

"GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries," Microsoft said. "Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device."

The EU is expected to issue its ruling on the acquisition by October 19.

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