Microsoft cancels MVP Summit in Seattle area amid coronavirus outbreak

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Microsoft is canceling its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Summit and moving the event online due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The company has been notifying attendees that the event, which was scheduled for March 15-20 in Bellevue and Redmond, Wash., is canceled.

  • The cancelation comes amid increasing reports of coronavirus cases in the Seattle region, where Microsoft is headquartered. The Washington Department of Health reported 18 confirmed cases and 6 deaths on Monday.
  • The MVP Summit is one of many tech events that have been canceled or moved online due to the virus, including Mobile World Congress and Facebook’s F8 conference.
  • Microsoft pulled out of the Game Developers Conference last week. The company also said it will miss quarterly revenue guidance for its “More Personal Computing” business segment due to the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The announcement puts the fate of Microsoft Build, one of the company’s biggest events, in jeopardy. Build is currently scheduled for May 19-21 in Seattle.

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