Microsoft cancels Inspire partner conference 'as an in-person event' due to coronavirus crisis (MSFT)

Satya Nadella Microsoft Inspire 2018

Microsoft is
canceling its annual partner conference Inspire
“as an
in-person event” due to the coronavirus crisis.

“The safety of our community is a top priority,”
reads a post on the company’s website on Monday, the day before
registration was set to begin
. “In light of health safety
recommendations from public health authorities, we will not be
holding Microsoft Inspire 2020 as an in-person event. We are
exploring alternative ways to bring our partner community together
to connect and learn. Stay tuned for more details to come.”

Inspire was planned for July 19 to 23 in Las Vegas. Microsoft
didn’t say how many people it expected at the conference in 2020,
but it said more than 130,000 total attendees have visited the
conference in the past decade.

Microsoft earlier this month canceled
its Build developer conference and moved it to an online-only
event.

Microsoft last week
held the company’s first-ever all-remote town-hall employee
meeting
due to the coronavirus crisis. According to a leaked
excerpt from the meeting obtained by Business Insider, CEO Satya
Nadella
gave a rousing speech
asking employees to do their part to
address the coronavirus crisis – whether or not it’s in their job
descriptions.

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Microsoft cancels Inspire partner conference 'as an in-person event' due to coronavirus crisis (MSFT)