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Microsoft's offices fully reopening September 7th, if not later

The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington.
The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. (Image credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images for Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft wanted to reopen its offices in July.
  • That date has now been pushed back to September.
  • Even the September date could see delays.

Microsoft isn't reopening its offices anytime soon. A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge the following:

Based on our continued consultation with health and data experts, we've shifted our earliest date for the full opening of our U.S. worksites to September 7, 2021. We continue to review the situation on a local basis in each region/country/state where we work and will adjust dates by country as needed.

That's a big shift from Microsoft's original plans to fully reopen in July. And as that spokesperson's comments highlight, September isn't a guarantee. Many places in the United States still might not be primed for proper reopenings by then.

That's not to say all of Microsoft's offices are devoid of personnel. On March 29th, Microsoft started a soft repopulation of its headquarters, moving from "stage 3" to "stage 4" of its overall hybrid workplace strategy. The various stages are outlined in a handy-dandy infographic supplemented by a lot of additional information over on Microsoft's blog.

Microsoft Reopening Stages

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft's eagerness to reopen its campus is understandable. A lot of people are tired of using their best office chairs and coffee tables to do work from home. Many folks no longer want to rely on the webcam of a Dell XPS 15 to see their coworkers. And companies like Microsoft know these things. However, safety comes first, at least until September.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • For some reason, I thought I had read "Microsoft Stores" (the physical ones) fully reopening…. One can only dream !!
  • Haha, same here!
  • As a Texas Educator working in a school with 800 plus elementary students. I say do whatever you want but the productivity of my students who socially interact in person is far greater than my kids who stay home.