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All Microsoft events till 2021 set to be digital-only

Recently, Microsoft announced that it has cancelled its annual developer conference Microsoft Build due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Now, as per an online report, Microsoft is considering cancelling all its events till July 2021.

According to a report by ZDNet, the US-based tech giant is planning to cancel both internal and external physical events. The company is considering to digitally hold all the conferences till July 2021.

If the report is correct then Microsoft will be holding digital events for Ignite 2020, Ignite The Tour, the MVP Summit 2021 and Build 2021. The report also adds that a Microsoft spokesperson has also confirmed that all the events will be held digitally this year.

In an official statement given to ZDNet, Microsoft said, “In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we are adjusting our event calendar and strategy. For the remainder of 2020, we are embracing the opportunity to experiment with new platforms to provide our partners, customers, and developers the highest quality, digital-first experiences.”

Confirming the news Microsoft has also updated its website informing users that Ignite 2020 will be a digital event this year. The company posted on its website, “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.”

Recently, Microsoft said that its video calling platform Skype saw a 70% jump in usage in the last week of March from a month earlier, as more people shift to working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The platform is being used by 40 million people, the company said in a blog post, adding that Skype-to-Skype calling minutes jumped 220% from a month earlier.

―Times of India

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