Stocktaking: How U.S. tech giants are dealing with the new coronavirus

According tomedia reports, the global technology industry is suffering from the new coronavirus, many activities were canceled, Apple and Microsoft have issued warnings to investors. Many companies have closed their factories and banned employees from traveling. Major industry events such as Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Google I/O developer conference, Geneva Motor Show and Mobile World Congress were canceled.

Stocktaking: How U.S. tech giants are dealing with the new coronavirus


Facebook, the social media platform, was forced to cancel its biggest F8 developer conference of the year. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had planned to promote Facebook’s development and challenges at the conference; as an alternative, Facebook would hold local gatherings and online events for developers.

Reduce employee travel.

A marketing summit of about 4,000 people, scheduled for early March, was cancelled.

Provide free advertising to WHO to provide health information to the public.

Production of Oculus VR, a virtual reality headset, is expected to be delayed.

Ads that can cure coronaviruses are banned on the platform.

Exit the South By Southwest Music Festival.

It was announced that an informal employee at the Seattle office had tested positive for the new coronavirus. The company’s seattle office was reportedly closed until March 9 and employees were encouraged to work from home at least until March 31.


Apple said it would not meet quarterly revenue forecasts because of the effects of the new coronavirus.

Apple’s 42 stores in China were temporarily closed, and then they reopened.

Apple was forced to look for alternative parts.

The company restricts some travel.

Apple has closed a retail store in Italy.

Apple reportedly pulled out of the South West Music Festival.


The company tells Seattle-area employees to work as far as possible.

Temporarily closed some U.S. offices abroad.

Limit some travel.

An employee in Zurich, Switzerland, has been diagnosed with a new type of coronavirus.

Cancel the Google News Initiative summit in Nineville, California, at the end of April.

Turn the annual cloud conference, which attracted 30,000 attendees last year, into an online event.

Cancel the annual I/O Developer Conference, which was scheduled for May 12-14 in Mountain View, California.


The company announced that it “recommends” that all employees working in the Seattle/Puente Bay Area and San Francisco Bay Area work from home “until March 25.”

Microsoft warned investors that revenue in business units, including Windows operating systems and Surface devices, could be lower than previously expected.


The company pulled out of the South West Music Festival, where chief executive Jack Dorsey had planned to give a keynote speech.

Suspend all non-critical travel and employee activities.

All employees are advised to start working from home.

Dorsey had planned to stay in Africa for a few months in 2020, but said on March 5th that he would re-evaluate the plans “based on the new coronavirus.”


Amazon has reportedly removed more than a million items that claim to cure or prevent the new coronavirus.

Remove thousands of items involved in price fraud.

An employee at the company’s Seattle headquarters has tested positive for a new type of coronavirus and is currently in quarantine.

Amazon told Seattle-area employees to stay out of work until the end of March.

Exit the South By Southwest Music Festival.


Some customers can cancel the reservation without being fined.


In Mexico, about 240 users’ accounts were temporarily shut down by Uber because of exposure to two drivers who may have been exposed to the new coronavirus.


Lyft encouraged employees at its San Francisco headquarters to work from home this week after a team member was found to have “had contact with people exposed to the new coronavirus.” The company confirmed the news on March 5.


The company warned investors that first-quarter profits could be “slightly” affected.


On March 5, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff asked all employees in Seattle, Kirkland and Bellevue, Washington, to be home for the entire month.

Industry events

A number of important industry events have been cancelled or switched to online due to concerns about the new coronavirus.

The Mobile World Congress was scheduled for February 24 in Barcelona.

Facebook’s marketing summit and F8 developer conference were scheduled for March.

The Geneva Motor Show, one of the biggest auto shows of the year, was banned by the Swiss government from all events of more than 1,000 people.

At Adobe’s annual summit in Las Vegas, the company said it would offer some content online.

Google’s biggest event of the year, Google I/O Developers Conference, was scheduled to announce its latest products and initiatives.

The annual Game Developers Conference, which was scheduled to take place in San Francisco from March 16 to 20, has been postponed due to the withdrawal of exhibitors such as Amazon, Microsoft, Epic Games, Sony, ETV and Facebook.

The annual Cybersecurity RSA conference was held in San Francisco at the end of February, but major exhibitors such as IBM, Verizon and AT?amp;T pulled out.