Microsoft clears out of Lebanon for now

Software giant takes extra precautions during the current Mideast conflict.

Michael Kanellos Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Michael Kanellos is editor at large at CNET News.com, where he covers hardware, research and development, start-ups and the tech industry overseas.
Michael Kanellos

Microsoft is taking extra precautions during the current Mideast conflict.

The company has imposed security measures at its Israel offices, has told employees to cancel or postpone travel to Israel or Lebanon, and has cleared its offices in Beirut until the situation changes.

"We wish for a swift and peaceful conclusion to this difficult situation, and for the safety of all concerned," said a spokesman for Microsoft.

Intel has not closed its several facilities in Israel but has put in contingency plans. Employees in Haifa have also been moved to a "hardened facility" in the building. They can also work from home.

The Technion, Israel's premier technical college, has been closed. The order to close came in the middle of exams on Sunday.