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Coronavirus outbreak compels Microsoft to close all retail stores

Pavni Jain     March 18, 2020

The tech company Microsoft closes its retail stores globally because of Coronavirus outbreak. In order to minimize the risk of virus spreading, Microsoft announced the closing of all its stores late Monday. In a statement, the company said: "We are closing Microsoft store locations to help protect the health and safety of our customers and employees. During this unprecedented time, the best way we can serve you is to do everything we can to help minimize the risk of the virus spreading."

Microsoft took this step to avoid person-to-person encounters in retail stores. After all, touching different objects is one thing we all need to avoid at this time amid the virus spread. "We know families, remote workers and businesses are under unique pressure at this time, and we are still here to serve you online at microsoft.com, the company said in a statement.

The Software giant, Microsoft has more than 70 retail stores in the US, seven in Canada, and one each in Puerto Rico, Australia, and England. As all these stores will shut down for a while, there is no given date as for when they will re-open.

Microsoft has its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. The city Redmond is just 6-to-7Kms away from Kirkland, where the Life Care Center nursing facility is reporting a large number of infections. Thus we know that Microsoft is taking precautions like closing its retail stores specifically due to COVID-19 health concerns. Just to tell you, Microsoft was one of the first companies to give Work From Home permission to its employees as the coronavirus began spreading in the Seattle area.

Many other companies have also closed stores because of the same reasons and Apple is one of them. Last Friday, Apple also shut down all its retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27.

On a related note, since Washington state has banned gatherings of more than 50 people, Microsoft is hosting an online-only event on March 30. The purpose of the event is still not known, but we are expecting it to be a Office-related digital event. Microsoft could announce updates for Office along with new apps and services that will focus on productivity.


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