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Buying GitHub Would Take Microsoft Back to Its Roots

  • Companies are said to plan announcement as soon as Monday
  • San Francisco-based startup was valued at $2 billion in 2015
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For Microsoft Corp., acquiring GitHub Inc. would be both a return to the company’s earliest roots and a sharp turnaround from where it was a decade ago.

The software maker has agreed to acquire GitHub, the code-repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.