Amazon pulls out of Mobile World Congress tech event due to coronavirus, no word from Microsoft

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Amazon is the latest tech giant to pull out of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona later this month due to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • The tech giant has taken other precautions due to the disease, including restricting travel to China. Amazon joins a growing list of companies, including Sony, NVIDIA, LG and more that have pulled out of the event, which is one of the biggest annual showcases of mobile technology in the world.
  • One company that hasn’t said anything about its MWC presence is Microsoft. The company planned to have a major showcase at the event. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for more information about its plans.
  • MWC organizer GSMA recently said it is banning visitors from China’s Hubei province, where the epidemic is thought to have begun, as part of the safety precautions it is taking around the event. The virus has infected more than 40,500 people worldwide and killed 910.

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