Traditionally, May is the month of the yearwhich witnesses some big developer conferences includingthe Facebook F8, Google I/O and Microsoft Build among the others. But, this year the tech giants have decided to take a break from the tradition and go online citing concerns over the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Microsoft Build conference was scheduled to run from May 19 to 21 but has now been cancelled. Microsoft appears to be following in the footsteps of big companies like Facebook and Google, who have cancelled theirin-person events and decided to conduct it in virtually.
The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, especially considering how hard the Washington state has been hit by the coronavirus outbreak. It was expected of Microsoft to make this call.
In a statement to The Verge, the company said: “The safety of our community is a top priority. In light of the health safety recommendations for Washington State, we will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event.We look forward to bringing together our ecosystem of developers in this new virtual format to learn, connect and code together. Stay tuned for more details to come.”