Plans for GitHub Copilot for Business have been revealed and this is what you should know
GitHub has announced business usage terms for its Artificial Intelligence-powered coding assistant, GitHub Copilot, making the service available to businesses for $19 per month per user. The company also promised to protect users’ own code from GitHub retention, storage, or sharing.
Along with licences for organisations, teams, and individual users, GitHub Copilot for Business provides organisations with licence management, organization-wide policy controls, and privacy features. GitHub Copilot, introduced in 2021 as a Visual Studio Code editor extension, provides coding suggestions and functions directly from the user’s programming editor or integrated development environment (IDE). Copilot’s AI model is trained using open-source code from public repositories. GitHub Copilot recently drew a lawsuit alleging that GitHub violated content creators’ rights and enabled software piracy. Previously, the Free Software Foundation questioned Copilot’s legitimacy and fairness. In defence of the tool, GitHub claims that Copilot has helped redefine productivity for over a million developers, boasting that it synthesises up to 40% of code. According to GitHub, researchers can now code 55% faster.
GitHub will not retain code snippets or store or share users’ code for code safety, regardless of whether the data is from public repositories, private repositories, or local files. Despite the fact that the tool was trained on billions of lines of publicly available code. Administrators can choose which organisations, teams, and developers receive licences. Administrators can use policy controls to enforce user settings for public code matching on behalf of an organisation. Developers who want to use GitHub Copilot should contact GitHub. Copilot is compatible with the IDEs Visual Studio, Neovim, and JetBrains. In June, GitHub announced the general availability of Copilot. Individual users pay $10 per month or $100 per year.