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Microsoft, Other Tech Giants Extend Work From Home

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On September 9, Microsoft  (MSFT) - Get Microsoft Corporation Report says that it has indefinitely postponed the return to its offices in the U.S.

“Given the uncertainty of COVID-19, we’ve decided against attempting to forecast a new date for a full reopening of our U.S. worksites,” Microsoft's Corporate Vice President Jared Spataro wrote in a blog post, on September 9.

Another tech giant Google  (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Report extended its work from home policy until January 10, 2022.

Sundar Pichai, the company's CEO, said that employees will have a 30-day heads-up before they are expected to come back to the office.

"The road ahead maybe a little longer and bumpier than we hoped, yet I remain optimistic that we will get through it together. It’s heartening to see Googlers starting to come back to more offices globally," Pichai said, in a statement. "The ability to reconnect in person has been re-energizing for many of us, and will make us even more effective in the weeks and months ahead."

Work from home has become the new normal for many, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay at home. 

On July 15, tech giant Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Inc. Report extended its corporate work-from-home until January 8.

“We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

In May, Facebook  (FB) - Get Meta Platforms Inc. Report CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that as much as 50% of its employees could be working remotely within next 5 to 10 years. Another social media giant Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Twitter Inc. Report told its staff in the same month that they could permanently work remotely.

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