Microsoft is contemplating a full acquisition of the popular code repository, GitHub.
The companies have reportedly had several discussions about partnership in recent years, but those close to GitHub's decision told media outlets that talks have grown increasingly more serious.
It's unclear what the price tag of such a deal may be, though GitHub was most recently valued at $2 billion when it raised its last round of funding in 2015. Co-founder Chris Wanstrath left the company back in August, and Chief Business Officer Julio Avalos has been in charge of day-to-day matters in the interim.
Microsoft declined to comment, and GitHub representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Microsoft CEO Nadella has been moving the company away from hesitations with open-source software development and investing more heavily in resources like GitHub.
Neither Microsoft nor GitHub have commented on the matter. As part of its evolving stance on interoperability with the outside world, Microsoft first embraced GitHub years ago and it now offers deep integration with the service via its Visual Studio tools. Many tech companies and individual developers use the platform to store and share certain code, and collaborate.
They can also use Gitlab, which quickly capitalized on developer angst Sunday with a live YouTube video explaining how to get up and running with its similar service, although less than 200 people were watching it when I joined about ten minutes after it got started.
According to the Bloomberg report, GitHub lost $66 million over three quarters in 2016 and remains in the red. Chief Business Officer Julio Avalos joined the company's board of directors and now serves as the day-to-day face and leadership of the company, Bloomberg noted.
Microsoft has talked to GitHub on and off for a few years.
Under Nadella's leadership, Microsoft has been trying hard to shed its image of being an enemy of open source software and Linux.