Why is Github slashing prices?

Hi,
As many of you are probably aware, Github recently announced that they are slashing their prices and making lots of previously pay-to-access features free to all users.

In a tech crunch interview their CEO said, “We’re switching from a pay for privacy model to a pay for features model.” It’s great that developer teams are getting to access more privacy and features for less money. I’m left wondering though, what’s Github and Microsoft’s big picture goal with this? Do they just want to win the version control platform competition? Does anyone have a better big picture understanding of what is going on here?

I imagine most people here are also skeptical about “free” business models. Am I wrong to be skeptical of Microsoft and Github? Help me understand what’s going on here.

Thanks!

-Ryan

I found some very compelling arguments in the HN discussion about this… but I lack the time to find these comments now, so here is the whole thread: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22867627

Thanks for sharing this. This was a helpful start.

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