GitHub now gives free users unlimited private repositories

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GitHub now gives free users unlimited private repositories

Previously, private repositories were only available for those who shelled out $7 per month for a "Pro" account, or for free with a student account. The Next Web, which mistakenly broke an embargo over the weekend, revealed that Microsoft will now allow users of free GitHub accounts to create private repositories, something that was restricted to developer and team accounts until now (via ZDNet).

Until recently, developers who wanted to create private git repositories without opening their wallets were forced to use a rival service - most frequently BitBucket. While that cost does add up over the year, it isn't too challenging to put together $7 a month if you have a job.

The website planned to unveil the changes on Tuesday, though word of the looming announcement got out earlier today, and so the launch was brought forward. 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.

GitHub Enterprise is GitHub's new unified product for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise).

Microsoft bought GitHub to win the hearts and minds of software developers, and this could be an important step towards that goal.

Microsoft also mentions in their press release announcing this immediate change that "Public repositories are still free (of course-no changes there) and include unlimited collaborators". The new Enterprise Cloud plan will let organizations and businesses access cloud and self-hosted GitHub configurations for a single per-user price.

Public GitHub repositories will remain free as before.

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