Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

GitHub offers private repositories to free users

GitHub offers private repositories to free users

Microsoft has made its first changes to GitHub since snapping up the open source code repository in June, offering more on its free tier while consolidating its enterprise offerings.

GitHub is expected to roll out a change to its free service tomorrow, introducing the ability to create private repositories without actually paying anything.

Microsoft announced a change in GitHub pricing today, and it's great for anyone learning to code.

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According to The Next Web, users with free GitHub accounts will be able to create an unlimited number of private repositories, though these will be limited to three collaborators a piece. For students, who might not have the time or capability to work while learning, that fee can be harder to put together. And if you were a regular user who isn't willing to pay $7 a month for private repositories, you wouldn't have any options than to pay for the subscription service. Some of these are major, widely used projects such as the Node.js server-side JavaScript platform, but many of them are small, personal projects, half-written programs, and experiments.

Overall these changes should help GitHub continue to develop a healthy ecosystem of users. Second, GitHub's Business Cloud and Enterprise services are being unified under one banner, called "Enterprise Cloud". Based on customer feedback, unlimited free private repositories was the top-requested feature. This means if you are working on a project with other developers and need more than 3 collaborators, you would have to get a paid account, which is now called GitHub Pro. Yes, enterprises can now access both cloud and server solution at one per-seat price.

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