A reliable website has reported Microsoft is supposedly seeking to transition most of its events to digital-only through the year 2021. The expected change might impact future events such as the Microsoft Build 2021 developer conference. The tech giant has also been confirmed to affect other events through the end of the year 2020 such as the Microsoft Ignite Partner Conference. A spokesperson for the company said in a statement that Microsoft explained this decision took place following the widespread novel coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak. He 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”.
Point to be noted that Microsoft has already canceled this year’s Build 2020 conference in the favor of a digital event. The company officially confirmed on its website that Ignite Partner conference will not be held as planned, but it will take place as a digital experience. The report from website ZDNet also said Microsoft has already changed internal official decisions regarding plans to cancel entire public events in favor of online events for the year 2021, and it runs from July 2020 to June 2021. Moreover, it was also said the company hasn’t yet finally decided if all events in 2021 could go digital. Most are expecting that third-party events could still see collaboration with Microsoft.
Some said if this change is likely to impact the release of Microsoft’s Surface hardware. Rumors formerly mentioned that Microsoft might be planning to arrange an event in New York City centered on the Surface Book 3, and the Surface Go 2. The company could likely hold the event digitally instead, as it did for a recent event centered on the new Microsoft 365 Personal and Microsoft 365 Family subscriptions. Along with making Build 2020 and Ignite 2020 digital-only events. It is noteworthy that Microsoft has also canceled its annual MVP Summit in March 2020.