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Google Teams Together with Replit to Challenge GitHub

Today, the cloud division of Google LLC announced a partnership with Replit Inc., the inventor of a popular coding environment used by more than 20 million developers.

Replit will utilize Google’s large language models to accelerate software development by developers. In addition, the businesses wish to establish a variety of product relationships.

Software development teams use an IDE, or integrated development environment, to write code. These programs combine the functionality of word processors with other technologies aimed to increase the productivity of software engineers. Replit is a well-known cloud-based IDE that is reportedly more user-friendly than prior choices.

Since its debut, the startup reported last month that more than 20 million developers have signed up for its platform. This is an increase from December 2021, when it closed a $80 million financing round led by Coatue and had 10 million developers. It has raised about $104 million in investments to date.

Replit and Google Cloud collaboration

The new arrangement between Replit and Google Cloud will grant Replit access to the search giant’s extensive language models. The technology will be incorporated into Ghostwriter Chat, the company’s coding tool driven by artificial intelligence. The program may generate code based on text prompts entered into Replit’s cloud-based integrated development environment (IDE), explain existing code, and troubleshoot software bugs.

“Generative AI may give enterprises and developers with significant new capabilities,” said June Yang, vice president of cloud AI and industry solutions at Google Cloud. “Google Cloud infrastructure and foundation models in Vertex AI will power Replit’s platform, bringing enhanced performance and scalability to millions of developers globally.”

Replit and Google Cloud plan to work together in further areas. The startup announced that Google’s infrastructure will host its cloud-based IDE. In addition, the companies are developing product connectors that will make it simpler for Replit users to incorporate Google Cloud services into their software development projects.

The subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. wants to offer the startup’s customers “a quick way to get set up” with GCP goods. Replit is also becoming the preferred IDE at Google. It plans to make the IDE accessible to developers who use Google Cloud Services and the software engineering tools included in the Workspace productivity suite.

Microsoft Corporation, one of Google’s principal cloud competitors, is likewise investing in developer tools driven by AI. This Monday, its GitHub subsidiary published a new version of its Copilot coding tool as part of the initiative. The tool is partially based on the most recent GPT-4 model developed by OpenAI LLC and can generate both code and command line queries.

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