Microsoft is shutting down CodePlex

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Microsoft is shutting down CodePlex, its open-source project hosting website. on December 15th, 2017, announced the company’s corporate VP Brian Harry. The website basically allowed programmers to host and share the code of their projects.

Brian said that the CodePlex is shutting down as over the years San Francisco-based GitHub itHub has become the “de facto place for open source sharing and most open source projects have migrated there. “As many of you know, Microsoft has invested in Visual Studio Team Services as our “One Engineering System” for proprietary projects, and we’ve exposed many of our key open source projects on GitHub (Visual Studio Code, TypeScript, .NET, the Cognitive Toolkit, and more). 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 that over the past few years, they have seen many CodePlex projects migrate. “During the same period, we’ve had to address several issues, including a spam epidemic over several months in 2015, as spammers sought to take advantage of the CodePlex.com domain to boost their illicit activities. We’ve also seen a substantial decrease in usage: as of this writing, less than 350 projects saw a source code commit in the last 30 days,” added the Microsoft executive.

Currently the company has disabled the ability to create new CodePlex projects. In October, it will set CodePlex to read-only, before shutting it down completely on December 15, 2017.

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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk

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