GitHub is the go-to solution for most of us looking to create a software and share it. However, for the ones who are planning to use GitHub for free, it’s a great time to do so. Earlier today, GitHub CEO Nat Friedman has announced that its free users can now create unlimited private repositories.

Previously, all the free accounts in GitHub required you to make your projects public which might have inconvenienced some of you. For the ones who didn’t want to make their project source codes public, had to pay. That’s no longer the case with this announcement. But there’s a catch.

For all free users, only a maximum of three collaborators can work on the same private repository. But still, it’s a great news for users who wanted to keep their projects private or wanted to work in smaller groups without having to pay. This might be a great move on GitHub’s part in terms of competing with its rival Bitbucket which offers five collaborators on free accounts.

Along with this huge announcement, GitHub also changed its pricing policy for paid users. Priorly the pricing plans depended on whether they were using self-hosted or cloud-hosted services. The Enterprise Cloud (formerly known as GitHub Business Cloud) and the Enterprise Server (formerly known as GitHub Enterprise) have been merged, and sold as “GitHub Enterprise” with one per-seat price.

In terms of team plans, “GitHub Developer” is now known as “GitHub Pro”. The change was done to improve the developer experience as said by the company. GitHub Team is still available for teams and developers for superior coding and collaboration features.

Even amidst all the changes, the fact that GitHub is now offering unlimited private repositories for free users still remains the biggest news. It would be interesting to observe whether the GitHub we know that was full of open-source projects and codes that still required tidying up will remain so in the future. More developers might now be inclined to finish projects, clean codes and even build more projects when they no longer have to share it. Some might also close up their open-source projects with this new option.

As you already know, Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion last year. One thing is for sure, the latest announcement is a huge step for GitHub and only time will tell how this affects in the future.

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