Microsoft is calling time on its attendance at CES, the world’s biggest tech expo. The company revealed yesterday that it is cancelling its physical presence at CES 2022 next month. It seems the worsening COVID situation has meant Microsoft is pulling the plug, following various other major companies who have also pulled out.

In a statement sent to The Verge, Microsoft confirmed it will not participate in person at CES 2022:

“After reviewing the latest data on the rapidly evolving COVID environment, Microsoft has decided not to participate in-person at CES 2022.”


Global COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, including in the United States. CES is held each year in Las Vegas and was seen as a rejuvenating event. Over the two years of the pandemic, most major trade shows have been cancelled and CES 2022 was seen as some light at the end of the tunnel.

The event is scheduled for January 5 to 8 and the organizer – the Consumer Technology Association – insists it is taking every health precaution. For example, every visitor must show proof of a full COVID vaccination, must wear mask at all times indoors, and adhere to social distancing measures.


However, several major companies have joined in Microsoft in cancelling their attendance, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, Intel, and Amazon. However, the CTA insists the event will be going ahead as planned.

“Over 2200 companies are confirmed to participate in person at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Our focus remains on convening the tech industry and giving those who cannot attend in person the ability to experience the magic of CES digitally,” the CTA says.

It is not a surprise to see Microsoft take the decision to cancel. The company’s own events have been transformed by COVID-19 and are now all done digitally. For what it is worth, the company says it will still make its CES announcements online.

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