Microsoft announced today that CodePlex, the company’s open source project-hosting service, will be closed down.
Started in 2006, the service offered an alternative to SourceForge. It was based initially on Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server source control and later added options to use Subversion, Mercurial, and git.
At the time, there weren’t a tremendous number of good options for hosting projects. SourceForge was the big one, but it always seemed light on feature development and heavy on advertising. CodePlex on the Web was much more attractive and less cluttered. The use of TFS for source control meant it also had strong integration in Visual Studio.