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The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Global Summit annual event has been shifted from an in-person conference to virtual amid safety concerns around the COVID-19 outbreak.

The MVP Global Summit is scheduled for March 16-19, 2020.

Microsoft has been taking an proactive approach to in-person events, as evidenced by the verbage listed on the Microsoft Build website.

In light of the global health concerns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Microsoft is monitoring public health guidance in relation to in-person events. At this time, global health authorities have not issued guidance to avoid travel to this location. We are looking carefully at our event calendar as well as our presence at industry events in the coming months. We are not taking decisions lightly, but the health and well-being of our employees, partners, customers and other guests remain our ultimate priority.

-Microsoft Build website

Microsoft has also taken a proactive approach to safety concerns by announcing that Microsoft Teams’ license is now free for the next 6 months.

As Microsoft employees and event coordinators work endlessly to deliver a high quality alternate experience, there are a few concerns to be addressed for current MVPs, partners, and Regional Directors who planned to attend the in-person event.

Registration – MVPs who have booked directly with the MVP Summit will be contacted with details for the Virtual event.

Hotels – Reservations made through Microsoft’s booking software do not need to cancel. Naturally, hotel reservations made outside of the booking software need to be addressed ASAP.

Flights – Contact your reserved airline immediately. Some flights have been reported to offer vouchers for later travel. Others have charged cancellation fees.

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The Microsoft MVP Global Summit is a special moment for new MVP awardees. Having the opportunity to meet your favorite tech personalities and subject matter experts is to be cherished.

I applaud Microsoft for employing a safety first mindset and working tirelessly to provide an experience that is equally valuable online.

Shadeed Eleazer

Shadeed Eleazer is a Certified Business Mentor and President of SCORE/SBA in the Greater Baltimore Region. He is a US Navy Veteran, Best-Selling Author, and in-demand LinkedIn speaker, trainer, and subject matter expert. He is a Microsoft partner who leads the longest running Microsoft learning community in the state of Maryland.