Microsoft joins Google, Amazon, others in in-person CES event

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Microsoft joins Google, Amazon, others in in-person CES event

Microsoft joins Google, Amazon, and others in securing in-person presence at CES. The CES logo is displayed in the lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Reuters- Microsoft Corp said on Friday it will not participate in person at the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2022 in Las Vegas, joining a list of companies that will not have a physical presence at the next month's event due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron COVID 19 variant.

The U.S. software giant said it will continue to participate at CES remotely, according to an emailed statement. The Verge was the first to report on Friday that Microsoft will not participate physically at CES.

A number of other companies including U.S. automaker General Motors Co, Alphabet Inc., Google and its self-driving auto-technology company Waymo, Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc., Twitter Inc., Lenovo Group, AT&T Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. dropped in-person attendance plans earlier this week.

CES officials said the event would still be held in person Jan. 5 -- 8 with strong safety measures in place, which include vaccination requirements, masking and availability of COVID- 19 tests.