The ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic is severely affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. While many schools, colleges, and companies have temporarily shut their doors, extreme measures are being taken to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection.
Microsoft Store locations to remain closed
Now, Microsoft has temporarily shut down all Microsoft Store locations around the world citing COVID-19 health concerns. Microsoft Store has issued a statement and here’s what the company has to say:
“All Microsoft Store locations are currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19 health concerns. We know families, remote workers and businesses are under unique pressure at this time, and we are still here to service you online at microsoft.com”
Meanwhile, Microsoft will continue to offer online Store support and service to its customers. Currently, Microsoft Stores are spread across 88 countries around the world.
Microsoft’s announcement came just days after Apple decided to close its retail stores outside of China for two weeks. Meanwhile, Apple will only sell its products online as part of its efforts to fight the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.
Google recently announced a new campaign Do the Five to create awareness about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The campaign promotes the basic yet effective WHO-recommended measures one can take to slow the spread of the disease.
Google is creating a new informational website dedicated to COVID-19. The website will provide users with information and resources on how to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. The website was supposed to launch late Monday. However, Google has postponed the launch of the website.
In related news, the Microsoft Bing team recently launched a new web portal that tracks the number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the world.
Meanwhile, Major tech companies like Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Apple have recommended nearly all of its employees around the world to work from home.
Both Microsoft and Google are providing their premium enterprise tools to help people work from home during these challenging times.