Microsoft Is Transitioning All Its Events Into Digital Formats Until June 2021
Large gatherings were the first casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic; forcing tech companies to cancel flagship events as they try to contain the spread of the virus. Microsoft announced that it is shifting all its events to a digital-only format till at least 2021.
According to ZDNet, Microsoft is planning to turn all its internal and public events scheduled between July 2020 to June 2021 into online-only events.
This implies that the 2020 edition of ‘Ignite,’ Microsoft’s flagship developer conference, will only take place online.
On its ignite website, Microsoft confirmed the news saying:
“Microsoft Ignite will be launched as a digital event experience this September. Join us to learn innovative ways to build solutions, migrate and manage your infrastructure, and connect with Microsoft experts and other technology professionals from around the globe.”
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In a mail to Microsoft MVPs, the company added:
“In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, Microsoft has been closely monitoring the developing global situation and re-assessing the overall company-wide in-person event strategy. As a company, Microsoft has made the decision to transition all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021.”
This decision may likely also affect its CES and Build 2021 events. Build usually holds around April, and this could mean next year’s edition will also be digital-only.
Microsoft had also canceled its in-person Inspire event for partners which was slated for July 2020. The company is, however, still yet to decide if this will now hold digitally or not.
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