San Francisco, April 7 (IANS) In a strong message for tech giants as new coronavirus continues its unabated growth globally particularly in the US, Microsoft is planning to make all its events internal as well as external digital-only till July 2021.
According to a report in The Verge on Tuesday, the online-only focus is now extending to far more events over the next year.
"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," the report said, quoting an an internal Microsoft email sent to most valuable professionals (MVPs).
"As a company, Microsoft has made the decision to transition all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021," it read.
Microsoft has already announced that ''Ignite'' which is its final major conference of 2020 in September has been shifted to a digital-only format.
''Ignite'' is Microsoft''s conference for IT professionals and developers.
Microsoft earlier cancelled its flagship developer conference ''Build 2020'' in-person, scheduled to take place in the US from May 19-21.
Microsoft has also cancelled its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit in Seattle.
The tech giant would now rely on its own digital tools and Microsoft Teams to hold events remotely.