With this acquisition, it has been announced that the public npm registry, depended on by millions of developers, will “always be available and always be free.” Also, Friedman listed a few focus areas that GitHub will maintain for npm as the acquisition deals is completed:
- Invest in the registry infrastructure and platform to ensure npm is fast, reliable, and scalable
- Improve the core experience for developers and maintainers
They will also be continuing to support all the paying npm Pro, Teams, and Enterprise customers hosting private registries. They will also be working to integrate GitHub with npm through the GitHub Packages feature providing a multi-language packages registry that is fully integrated with GitHub.
Within the official npm announcement of the acquisition are a few “TLDR” points to be aware of regarding the acquisition:
- npm, Inc., is being purchased by GitHub
- The public registry remains public, free, and as available as ever.
- npm as you know it continues, and in fact, there is good reason to believe that it’ll only get better.
The acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft was a bit confusing and uneasily taken by the community. However, Microsoft has done good as a steward of the Open Source community by investing heavily in the growth of GitHub with the addition of great features like GitHub Actions and more. With the acquisition of npm by GitHub, it should be safe to say that the same level of care and investment will be taken in relation to this acquisition as well. It’s really exciting to see how much Microsoft is embracing the Open Source community, and how much they have been willing to invest in it as they grow even further into a new Microsoft of the future.