Ok let’s get it straight, Github is free now, yes you read it correctly, Github has just announced that it will provide unlimited free private repositories to users (those with up to three collaborators) without charging them a penny.
Github revolutionized the developer community when it hit the floor, It is called the Holy grail for the community and Open Source projects, we have come a long way since then but you cannot undermine the dominance GitHub has in the community, every major corporation uses it for hasting their public and private repositories, major opensource projects are hosted on GitHub.
But lately, it’s dominance was challenged by the likes of bitbucket by Atlassian, Gitlab with free private repositories and many other free perks, The move by Github may also be directly in relation to the fact that is has been acquired by Microsoft and they don’t need to monetize from small teams and small corporations, Developer community were skeptical with this acquisition as Github has totally different monetization model then Microsoft. But as Microsoft heavily relies on revenue from other premium services and will use Github as an addon for services like Microsoft Azure, hence the new pricing model for Github.
Along with the new pricing model, Github has also announced a new name for Github developer suit and from now onwards it will be known as Github Pro
Github Pro is for collaborating with more than 3 people in private repos and it will cost at $7/month and along with developers they also provide solutions for Teams and Enterprise at $9 a user /month and $21 a user /month respectively.
The bottom line: If you were paying $7/month for a developer account, you’re now a “Pro” user. You can downgrade from Pro to free, and still keep your private repos (3 collaborations at max), from your settings page. Pro users get a few extra features over free accounts: some code review tools for private repos.