Microsoft to shut CodePlex open source project site

This December, Microsoft will shut down its CodePlex open source project hosting site, deferring instead to code-sharing site GitHub. The site will go read-only in October.

CodePlex was launched in 2006 when Microsoft was trying to make a name for itself in open source. But the company acknowledges that GitHub has superseded it, and the software giant has itself jumped on the GitHub bandwagon.

“Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of amazing options come and go, but at this point, GitHub is the de facto place for open source sharing and most open source projects have migrated there,” Microsoft’s Brian Harry, vice president for cloud developer services, said. The shutdown will happen on Friday, Dec. 15. The ability to create new CodePlex projects already has been disabled.

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