Recently acquired by Microsoft, GitHub is a web-based hosting service – almost a social media of sorts – for version control using Git.
While the version control services alone are good, what makes GitHub so powerful, and such a resource to the Open Source software world in particular (as well as closed source and private projects) is the collaboration it affords.
Collaborate on Code
Tools like issue tracking, feature requests, task management as well as merges and Pull Requests are all handled in a pretty seamless web-based interface.
A Part of Microsoft
Microsoft closed its purchase of GitHub for USD $7.5billion on 26th October 2018.
A brief history of GitHub
GitHub was developed by Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, Tom Preston-Werner and Scott Chacon, built using Ruby on Rails in February 2008.