Amidst all the recent happenings in the world on the account of coronavirus, Microsoft canceled its Annual Build Developer Conference which was to be held in Seattle from May 19-24.
As the Coronavirus Outbreak keeps spreading its web in the United States, Microsoft has decided to keep a check on in-person events shortly.
The build is one of the biggest technological extravaganzas organized by Microsoft every year since its introduction back in 2011. In the conference, Microsoft introduces a lot of new tech across various platforms.
Last year, the Build Conference attracted around 6000 enthusiasts. Previously too, Microsoft held a plethora of events like the Professional Developer Conference and Mix Events which garnered a huge audience.
Given the outbreak, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “At this time, global health authorities have not issued guidance to avoid travel to this location. We are looking carefully at our event calendar as well as our presence at industry events in the coming months. We are not taking decisions lightly, but the health and well-being of our employees, partners, customers and other guests remain our ultimate priority.”
Washington; the venue for the Build Conference is amongst the worst-hit places in the United States due to Coronavirus. With a tally of 31 people dead due to the virus which was surprisingly more than that of Japan.
The World Health Organization(WHO) has declared Coronavirus as a Worldwide Pandemic and has urged countries to undertake emergency measures to protect themselves from the outbreak.
Microsoft has however confirmed that the Build conference will be held online instead if an in-person event instead of the disease. Microsoft confirmed, “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, instead of an in-person event,”