Remember Microsoft took over Web-based hosting service GitHub for $7.5 billion last year? Contrary to some people’s apprehension that Microsoft might prove to be hostile to the open source projects that depend on GitHub, here’s the first major announcement from the Redmond-headquartered company ever since the acquisition took place: GitHub Free now includes unlimited private repositories.

Developers can use GitHub for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository at no cost.

“Many developers want to use private repos to apply for a job, work on a side project, or try something out in private before releasing it publicly. Starting today, those scenarios, and many more, are possible on GitHub at no cost. Public repositories are still free (of course—no changes there) and include unlimited collaborators,” CEO Nat Friedman said in a blog post.

Also, Microsoft has announced a new unified product called GitHub Enterprise for Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise). Organizations looking forward to use GitHub in a cloud or self-hosted configuration can now access both at one per-seat price.

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