The software hosting and version control platform GitHub has made some major changes to its plans and offerings, expanding the free service to far more teams and users than before, while cutting prices for access to some key features by half.
The most important change is that an unlimited number of repositories and employees are now offered as part of the free level, even if the project is private. Previously, GitHub offered unlimited free repositories only for public projects or with a small number of users, which precluded the use of the free tier by different types of teams, organizations, and companies. The main differences between the free and the cheapest paid tier are that the latter add code owners and required auditors – admittedly still critical for many organizations. (In addition, the available memory and the number of actions per month are expanded.)
In addition, this paid entry level now costs only $ 4 per user per month instead of $ 9 previously. GitHub still offers a more expensive tier ($ 21) with SAML sign-in and greatly expanded storage and promotions, as well as the specialized GitHub One service with prices that are privately and individually negotiated by customer advisors with high-quality customers.
Speaking to theinformationsuperhighway, Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub said that this heralds a shift from a "pay for privacy" model to a "pay for features" model – a process that has been underway for some time and apparently after Microsoft was triggered, the company acquired in 2018 for $ 7.5 billion. He also told theinformationsuperhighway that GitHub plans to expand from 40 million developers to 100 million by 2025 – an ambitious goal, as GitHub has had more competition lately than ever.
And although it may be reasonable that this change was somehow triggered by the increased needs of employees at a time when many teams that normally work locally in an office work remotely, Friedman said that this is not the case :
This is something we had planned and had wanted to do for a long time – since we were essentially doing the acquisition – and up to that point until it became a high priority … But it is definitely something we are doing we wanted to do it and I mean that's a big deal.
That makes sense anyway; The functions offered by GitHub are often needed by development teams that work personally, as well as those that work remotely. GitHub and the like have a communication aspect, but it's much more about version control and repositories than about teams speaking directly to each other.
According to GitHub, the price changes will be effective for all paying users from today.