In the end of this year, Microsoft will close its CodePlex Open Source Project site. CodePlex was launched in 2006 when Microsoft was looking to make its name in open source, but when the company realise that GitHub has superseded it, and the company has jumped on the GitHub bandwagon.
Microsoft’s vice president for cloud developer services Brian Harry said, “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.” The closing down will happen on 15th December 2017.
Microsoft’s key projects like the TypeScript language, .Net open source projects and Visual Studio Code editor are already on GitHub. Brian Harry said that many projects have already migrated from CodePlex and there are lesser than 350 projects on it.
Microsoft is planning to do a complete backup of the website before closing it. Now CodePlex .com will start serving a read only lightweight archive that will allow users to browse through all published projects. Users will be able to download an archive file with project contents in formats like JSON and Markdown. Microsoft has also an open walkthrough on the CodePlex wiki to help with migration, a migration will be available soon, said Brian Harry. Microsoft has also added an option to set an “I’ve moved” banner that will redirect users to the project’s new home on GitHub.
Git hosting services like Visual Studio Team Services and Bitbucket has also included in the choices for migrating only source code, this also supports Mercurial repository users.
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