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GitHub Free for Teams Helps Level the Playing Field

Almost a decade has passed since Marc Andreessen’s article “Why Software Is Eating The World” passionately defended the rise of software and its potential to disrupt every industry. The ensuing decade has proven his thesis to be true. With additional machine learning tools embedded in software, we are just scratching the surface of what software will offer in the decade to come.

Software and software developers do not live in a vacuum but work within teams enabled by tools to reach product objectives. How those products get built is an important consideration when defining your future product plans to achieve great results for your customers and your organization. Build management is one of many key category tools within the software development lifecycle (SDLC). In fact, over the previous two years source code collaboration tools like GitHub have become one of the top three tools used by software developers.

On April 14, 2020, GitHub made an important announcement about removing the paywall for GitHub team features. Now development teams can use the popular source control collaboration tool with unlimited private repositories and an unlimited number of collaborators. However, those who wish to subscribe to more advanced features such as code ownership, SAML, and personalized support can opt for paid plans.

Source: SoftwareReviews Product Scorecard, Accessed April 24, 2020.

Our Take

When the industry lowers barriers to entry, innovation and entrepreneurship increases and software advances at a rapid pace benefiting us all. GitHub was already a very popular and important tool for development teams. Releasing its core features free to all will benefit development teams so they have the best tools to complement their software delivery practices.

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