Omicron Threat Compells Microsoft to Ditch CES 2022

CES 2022 will see another keynote speaker back out from the physical event. The latest addition to the list is Microsoft. The company has confirmed that it will back out from the event due to the looming threat of the COVID-19 virus. A number of tech companies have pulled back their names from the event citing safety concerns of their employees, staff, and the rest of their entourage. 

CES 2022: Microsoft pulls out of the physical event

Microsoft is among the notable names that will miss CES 2022 that is slated to begin from January 5, 2022, in Las Vegas. The decision is final and there are no plans of reversing the same. 

The company confirmed their absence through an email statement delivered by Microsoft’s spokesperson. The main reason behind backing out from the event is staff safety from the coronavirus. Although the CES staff promises to leave no stoned unturned in terms of precautionary measures, Microsoft will skip the event. 

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Did Microsoft pull out because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Bill Gates, the founder and face of Microsoft for a long time has also announced that he has canceled his holiday plans due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. 

Microsoft has also pulled out from the event due to the same reason – the threat put forward by the new Omicron variant. 

As of now, CES 2022 will see a mix of both physical and virtual appearances from a number of popular tech companies. 

CES 2022’s dwindling lineup

Apart from Microsoft, Intel has become the latest company to back out from CES 2022, and we predict it will not be the last company either. 

Although a lot of companies have vaccinated their employees, attending an event of this magnitude is not advisable. 

As of now, it would not be wise to overlook the threat from the Omicron variant as it brings with it a highly infectious disease. Even after two years since the first case was reported, the pandemic has not shown any signs of slowing down. The world has not entirely recovered from the different strains of the virus despite taking many precautions. 

CES 2022 aims to offer a different perspective on the way people experienced their pandemic over the past couple of years. However, the threat of Omicron is unfortunate as it coincides with the dates of the event that is scheduled in the second week of January next year. 

Microsoft and many other tech companies have put their employees and staff first and decided to give the event a miss. 

Will we see more companies pull out from the event in the upcoming days? Is there a chance that the entire event will be called off? What do you think?

Leave your thoughts below and tell us what you think. 

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Karandeep V

Karandeep was born in Pune, Maharashtra, an upcoming metropolitan city in the Western region of India. While most members of his family are engineers, he had different ideas. He was more inclined toward exploring the non-technical aspects of a business, which is why he studied Bachelors of Business Administration at Symbiosis International University, Pune.  Having said that, his love for new and upcoming technologies remained intact, which is why he has written extensively about technology throughout his career. After a brief stint with a gaming company at the beginning of his career, he discovered that his love for writing was not temporary.  Being a tech geek, he always liked installing and playing around with new applications on his mobile devices and the home desktop. He was fascinated by how technology can simplify even the most mundane and complex tasks with just a few commands. He keeps a close eye on how businesses use different tools to streamline their operations to boost productivity and efficiency. At ToolsMetric, he writes product reviews that cover the main features and specifications of different enterprise applications. The sheer amount of innovation and hard work that goes into building these tech solutions is one of the reasons why Karandeep loves reviewing these tools. Besides product reviews, he also writes interesting news articles and blogs that track the latest developments in the tech industry.  When he is not writing, you can find him rooted to his seat playing video games, watching movies, or supporting his favorite football team. Since his childhood, he has always loved to travel and explore new places. Traveling is a major part of his life due to a myriad of reasons such as experiencing new cultures, food, and traditions. His other hobbies include playing football, cooking, and running.  You can find him on LinkedIn here.

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