You can now have unlimited GitHub private repos – and free!

You can now have unlimited GitHub private repos – and free!
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Well, that should help silence a few of those critics who said Microsoft will ruin GitHub.

Redmond is starting this year in a benevolent mood and has announced GitHub will now support free private repos. Seriously, you can even have unlimited of them.

The slight catch is that free private repos are limited to three collaborators – fair enough, a service needs to make cash somewhere. Public repos are still free and can have unlimited collaborators.

Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub, wrote in a blog post:

“Whether you’re a student about to write your first line of code, an enterprise leader with teams around the world, or an open source maintainer, we want GitHub to be the best place for you to code, collaborate, and connect with the global community of developers.

Today’s changes are a big investment in the future of GitHub, and we’re excited to see what you build in 2019.”

Microsoft is also simplifying its enterprise offering by unifying Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise).

Organisations that want the flexibility to use GitHub in a cloud or self-hosted configuration can now access both enterprise products at one per-seat price. Developers can work seamlessly across both environments using GitHub Connect to link them.

GitHub’s Pro tier costs $7/month and includes unlimited collaborators as well as access to code review tools. A specific ‘Teams’ tier costs $9/month. Finally, the Enterprise tier is available for $21/month.

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