Googletoday announced that it’s canceling the physical part of Cloud Next, its cloud-targeted match and its largest annual convention by far with around 30,000 attendees, over considerations around the latest spread of COVID-19.
Given all of the latest convention cancellations, this announcement doesn’t near as a vast surprise, especially after Facebook canceled its F8 developer convention only a few days ago.
Cloud Next was scheduled to speed from April 6 to 8. Instead of the physical match, Google will now host an online match below the “Google Cloud Next ’20: Digital Join” moniker. So there will gentle be keynotes and breakout classes, as effectively as the ability to join with consultants.
“Innovation is in Google’s DNA and we are leveraging this energy to bring you an immersive and inspiring match this year without the threat of travel,” the company notes in today’s announcement.
The virtual match will probably be free and in an email to attendees, Google says that this can automatically refund all tickets to this year’s convention. This can also automatically cancel all hotel reservations made via its convention reservation machine.
It now remains to be considered what happens to Google’s various major convention, I/O, which is slated to speed from May 12 to 14 in Mountain View. The same holds moral for Microsoft’srival Assemble convention in Seattle, which is scheduled to start on May 19. These are the two premier annual news events for both companies, but given the latest situation, no one would be greatly surprised in the event that they get canceled, too.