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Code Development: Microsoft Continues to Reinvent Itself with NPM Purchase

By Dick Weisinger

What a turn-around from the Microsoft of a decade ago!

Microsoft’s GitHub recently agreed to acquire npm, the Javascript package manager. This is after Microsoft acquired GitHub in 2018 for $7.4 billion. Microsoft plans to integrate npm into the GitHub community.

npm manages source code repositories for 1.3 million projects, most of which are open source and/or used in open source projects. There are 75 billion downloads with npm every month. These two acquisitions, GitHub and npm, make Microsoft one of the biggest players in the world of Open Source.

Microsoft is trying to reposition itself as a more open-source friendly company. It is a move that Microsoft will certainly be able to use for marketing to improve its relationship with a wide spectrum of developers. It will also allow Microsoft to more tightly integrate with open source tools in the Microsoft Azure cloud and likely be able to attract developers to the cloud stack.

Robin Ginn, executive director, OpenJS Foundation, said that “the news that GitHub will be acquiring npm is a positive and logical step to ensure the stability and security of the open source npm registry for JavaScript developers. We know and trust the GitHub leaders who have the experience to build upon the important contributions by many, which made npm the leading open source package management resource it is today.”

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