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Microsoft Build physical event cancelled due to coronavirus

Microsoft cancels physical event for Build 2020.
Microsoft cancels physical event for Build 2020. (REUTERS)

Microsoft Build will now be a digital-only event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was scheduled to take place between May 19 and 21 in Seattle.

Microsoft has cancelled its flagship developer conference 'Build 2020' in-person, scheduled to take place here from May 19-21.

Microsoft Build will now be a digital-only event this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New coronavirus cases in Washington State have surged to 457, including 31 deaths.

"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," Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge on Thursday.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced a ban on events with more than 250 attendees in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties through the end of March.

Microsoft uses 'Build' conference, attended by over 5,000, to showcase new technologies and features for its Office and Windows products.

Microsoft has also cancelled its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit in Seattle.

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