Microsoft may cancel Build 2020 in-person event and take it online

News Mar 13, 2020
Microsoft  may cancel Build 2020 in-person event and take it online

Next month is normally a big month for tech developer conferences, Facebook hosts F8, Google hosts I/O and Microsoft hosts it's biggest event the year the Microsoft Build, held in Seattle from May 19th to May 21st. Well, unfortunately for many, that may not happen this year. Microsoft may decide to move ahead and cancel it's biggest event of the year amid concerns around the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). It is rumored they may take it online as a digital event.

This is the third major event to be affected after Facebook announced it was canceling F8 and Google canceled it's I/O conference.

"In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 this year, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on. We plan to replace the in-person F8 event with locally hosted events, videos and live-streamed content" official F8 announcement.

"Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre" official Google I/O announcement.

Microsoft Build, often stylized as //build/ is an annual conference event held by Microsoft, aimed at software engineers and web developers using Windows, Microsoft Azure, and other Microsoft technologies. The event was first held in 2011 and it serves as a successor for Microsoft's previous developer events, the Professional Developers Conference (an infrequent event which covered the development of software for the Windows operating system) and MIX (which covered web development centering on Microsoft technology such as Silverlight and ASP.net). Tickets are priced at $2,395 for three days of hands-on learning, exclusive access.

The latest advise from the official Microsoft build website states, "In light of the global health concerns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Microsoft is monitoring public health guidance in relation to in-person events. 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 customers, partners, guests, suppliers, and employees remain our ultimate priority. We will continue to monitor and make any necessary changes as the situation evolves".

Glen Smale

Glen Smale is a full stack software engineer, entrepreneur and content editor @bundupress. When not writing about tech startups and software trends he works on software projects

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