Starting today, free GitHub users will get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators. GitHub always offered free public repositories but you had to upgrade your account with paid membership to manage private repositories. Developers who moved in the past to other platforms like GitLab can now manage all their repositories on GitHub.
The big change is coming from Microsoft following their acquisition of Github. Microsoft completed the acquisition in October and is more focused on monetizing big enterprises. Their strategy is to offer more value for small development teams and attract bigger companies for the paid services. Microsoft also changed the name of the GitHub Developer suite to ‘GitHub Pro’, in order to help developers better identify the tools they need.
In addition to expanding the free user account features, Github also announced new GitHub Enterprise product – a unified product for Enterprise Cloud and Enterprise Server.