25 March 2020
Coronavirus which has now been announced as a pandemic is harming the whole world and in many ways. Many on-ground events that include mass gatherings of media and audience have either been called off or postponed. From MWC to the recent E3 2020 event, almost every major event that was meant to happen mainly in the first half of this year has been pulled off. Now, Microsoft Build 2020 developers conference is the very latest to name here.
Paul Thurrott from Thurrott.com broke the information on Twitter, stating “Build is canceled.” The Microsoft Build 2020 was scheduled to take place between May 19 and May 21, 2020, in Seattle, but the deadliest COVID-19 has just harmed this year’s event.
The annual conference event held by Microsoft gathers developers from around the world. But this year, in light of the health and safety recommendations, Microsoft will rather hold a digital event. However, the dates of this digital event are not known yet but we are likely to get the information on the same soon.
According to Petri.com, Microsoft is well prepared to stream all the sessions that were first meant to be held in-person. Microsoft typically records keynotes and sessions anyways, so the new move shouldn’t offer any hurdles.
Microsoft also canceled its MVP Summit, moving that conference to a streaming-only event as well.
Now, all eyes are on Apple which hasn’t yet spoken on WWDC. It is the only major company left to speak about the status of its event.