Today, the European Union has unconditionally approved Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. Here’s a longish quote from the press release:
The Commission found that the combination of Microsoft and GitHub’s activities on these markets would raise no competition concerns because the merged entity would continue to face significant competition from other players on both markets.
The Commission also assessed whether there would be a risk of weakened competition, if Microsoft were to leverage the popularity of GitHub’s software development platform to boost its own sales of DevOps tools and cloud services. In particular, the Commission looked at whether Microsoft would have the ability and incentive to further integrate its own DevOps tools and cloud services with GitHub while limiting integration with third parties’ DevOps tools and cloud services.
The market investigation confirmed that Microsoft would not have the market power to undermine the open nature of GitHub to the detriment of competing DevOps tools and cloud services. This is because such behaviour would reduce the value of GitHub for developers, who are willing and able to switch to other platforms.
Therefore, following its phase I investigation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in any of the affected markets and cleared the case unconditionally.
Microsoft had requested the EU antitrust regulators to decide if similar concessions would be requested than those Microsoft offered to the EU commission when acquiring LinkedIn a few years ago. However, the EU did not see any concessions as necessary this time
Read the full press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6155_en.htm
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.