Microsoft’s CodePlex to shut down After 11 Years in Service
by Alex Reece
Microsoft cannot compete with GitHub. The Redmond-based software firm will be shutting down its open-source project hosting website that allows programmers to host and share the code of their projects; CodePlex effective December 15th, 2017 as announced by the company’s Corporate VP Brian Harry.
CodePlex was designed to give developers a place to share, collaborate, and download open-source software.
Microsoft has also been migrating its own projects over to GitHub over the last couple of years.
Some of the company’s key open-source projects such as Visual Studio Code, TypeScript, the Cognitive Toolkit and .NET live on GitHub. “In fact, our GitHub organization now has more than 16,000 open source contributors – more than any other organization – and we’re proud to partner closely with GitHub to promote open source,” Harry wrote. Developers will no longer be able to create new projects on CodePlex.
In October, Microsoft will set CodePlex to read-only, and then officially shut it down on December 15, 2017. The read-only version will allow users to browse through published projects and download to an archive file. Before the site and its servers are completely turned off, Microsoft will take a complete backup of CodePlex’s data.