Microsoft is bring the shutters down on its CodePlex open source hosting website by the end of the year and has urged its user(s) to migrate to Github instead.
You may not have heard of it, but CodePlex has actually been available since 2006. It was part of Microsoft's unlikely attempt during the Ballmer years to make a name for itself as an open source software provider. While efforts such as the .Net Foundation will continue, Microsoft has decided to bow to the inevitable on CodePlex.
Brian Harry, Microsoft's vice president of cloud developer services, 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."
"Over the past few years, we've watched 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."
At its peak, Codeplex was rocking 28,000-odd projects, but with even Microsoft itself using Github already, there are just 350 projects left on Codeplex now.
Nevertheless, it will still make life as easy as possible for the hangers on. No new projects can be started as of now, but the site will remain operational until October when it will become read-only for the final two months.
During that time, account holders will be able to download an archive of their projects. Soon the company will release a migration tool, and in the meantime has provided instructions for switching to Github manually as well as an "I've moved" redirection page.
The final shutdown will take place on 15 December, though Harry adds: "There isn't currently any plan to have an end date for the archive."
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