If you are a GitHub user but do not pay, this is a good week. Historically, GitHub always offered free accounts, but the caveat was that his code had to be public. To get private repositories, you had to pay. As of tomorrow, that limitation is gone. Free users of GitHub now receive unlimited private projects with up to three contributors.
The number of contributors is actually the only limitation here and there is no change in how the service handles public repositories, which may still have unlimited contributors.
That sounds like a sign of goodwill on behalf of Microsoft, which closed the acquisition of GitHub last October with Nat Friedman, the former CEO of Xamarin, taking over as CEO of GitHub. Some developers were quite nervous about the acquisition (although it seems that most came to terms with it). It is also reasonable to assume that the GitHub model for monetizing the service is a bit different from Microsoft's. Microsoft does not need to get money from small teams – it's not where the bulk of its revenue comes from. Instead, the company is more interested in getting large companies to use the service.
Talking about teams, GitHub also announced that it is changing the name of the GitHub developer set to "GitHub Pro". The company says it is doing this to "help developers better identify the tools they need."
But what's even more important is that the GitHub Business Cloud and GitHub Enterprise (now called Enterprise Cloud and GitHub Enterprise) have become one and are now sold with the label "GitHub Enterprise" and the price per user of the feature.
Note: this story was set for tomorrow, but due to a broken embargo, we decided to publish today. The feature will air tomorrow.