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Microsoft is Shutting Down CodePlex

Microsoft has announced that it is shutting down its open source code hosting platform CodePlex, which allowed developers to host and share the source code of open source software. Microsoft created the site in 2006.

Microsoft is not the only vendor that has shut down an open source code hosting platform. In 2015, Google shut down Google Code.

Linus Torvald's Git version control system is the reason behind the demise of Google Code and CodePlex. In a blog post, Microsoft engineer Brian Harry wrote, "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."

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