Microsoft will partially reopen its Redmond headquarters next week, with possible full reopening in July

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft has published plans for reopening its Redmond campus.
  • A partial reopening is expected to begin next week.
  • A full reopening is tentatively planned for July 6.

Microsoft is planning to (opens in new tab) begin partially reopening its Redmond campus starting March 29, after instituting a mandatory 'work-from-home' policy to all company employees in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle and surrounding areas. Globally, Microsoft has been working with government COVID guidelines to reopen offices, and it thinks that it's now ready to do the same in Redmond.

ZDNet asked Microsoft when it expects the company to fully reopen its Redmond offices, and the company said that it's hoping to fully reopen by July 6, assuming the current COVID-19 situation continues to improve. Even once the company fully reopens, a "hybrid work" ethic will still be encouraged.

Many Microsoft employees have been working from home for over a year. Microsoft's number one priority has been the well-being of its employees, and has been following health data closely to determine when the best time to reopen offices would be. Starting next week, it will begin to open its Puget Sound area offices.

Many companies across the globe are beginning to look at the safest ways to reintroduce their employees back to the office. With vaccines beginning to roll out, a "return to normal" looks like it's on the cards. While it's still too early to say the COVID-19 pandemic is in the rear-view mirror, for many people their work and home lives will return to normal throughout 2021 and into 2022.

What are your thoughts on Microsoft reopening its Redmond campus? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Well, I think, based on the admonishments from the head of the CDC and other health leaders, that many states are opening too soon. I hope Microsoft is guided primarily by the leadership of the health professionals and not influenced by what Governors are doing by opening despite health professionals/CDC leadership saying to wait. It's giving a false sense of security and people are letting their guards down. Even though there has been a downward trend, that trend has stalled at very high rates of infection 40K to 60K around the nation and about 15 states have seen an increase. They're saying to wait just about another month to begin reopening. I think pushing the timeline out another month would be the best way to go. There has been much too much death and long-term affects from this disease, its hit very close to home for me. Rushing to reopen, and the reckless behavior of some (look at what's happening in Florida) can send us backward. A couple of headlines:
    "Are cities reopening too soon? Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, answers questions about the new CDC guidelines, states reopening too quickly, the Brazil variant and more." "‘I worry we’re getting numb’ to Covid numbers as states reopen, former CDC director says"
  • Microsoft is giving vaccine to their employees now so everyone will be vaccinated by then. That's why they consider reopening