If you are a GitHub user, but you do not pay, then this is good news. Historically, GitHub always offered free accounts but the limitation was that your code should be public. To get a personal repository, you have to pay. But on 7th January 2019, that limit has ended. GitHub users now get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators.
It looks like a sign of goodwill from Microsoft, which had closed GitHub's acquisition last October, in which Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman took over as CEO of GitHub. Some developers were rather nervous about acquisitions (though it seems that most have come up with it). There is a fair estimate of assuming that GitHub's model is slightly different from Microsoft to monetize the service. Microsoft does not need to try to get money from small teams - not where much of its revenue comes from. Instead, the company is most interested in using the service to large enterprises.
As TechCrunch reports, "Free GitHub users now get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators." From the report:
The amount of collaborators is really the only limitation here and there's no change to how the service handles public repositories, which can still have unlimited collaborators. This feels like a sign of goodwill on behalf of Microsoft, which closed its acquisition of GitHub last October, with former Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman taking over as GitHub's CEO.
Talking about teams, GitHub also today announced that it is changing the name of the GitHub Developer suite to 'GitHub Pro.' The company says it's doing so in order to "help developers better identify the tools they need." But what's maybe even more important is that GitHub Business Cloud and GitHub Enterprise (now called Enterprise Cloud and Enterprise Server) have become one and are now sold under the 'GitHub Enterprise' label and feature per-user pricing.
In response, GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij said: "GitHub today announced the launch of free private repositories with up to three collaborators. GitLab has offered unlimited collaborators on private repositories since the beginning. We believe Microsoft is focusing more on generating revenue with Azure and less on charging for DevOps software. At GitLab, we believe in a multi-cloud future where organizations use multiple public cloud platforms."