Tech has been behind some of the most high profile responses to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine map that's aggregated the number of reported infections and deaths around the world, or the programs designed to and help find a cure. The NBA has used video game consoles to play virtual games, giving fans a different experience. And the NFL's live-stream for the first day of its draft event pulled in 15.6 million viewers, 37% over the average audience for last year.so far, whether it be the widely cited
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella began a keynote address for his company's by pointing to all the ways tech companies have been supporting health care, science, entertainment and work throughout the crisis.
"I'm proud of how all of you have raised the game and been there when the world needed you the most," Nadella said. "Already, we've seen something like two years' worth of digital transformation in just two months."
For Microsoft in particular, that's meant quick uptake of its Teams virtual meeting and communications software, which the company said is now Folding@home project, which asks people to install software that uses their idle computer's processing power to .around the world, a 70% increase in the past two months. The company has also begun working with organizations like the
"We've seen how critical digital technology is in the three phases of this crisis, from emergency response to the recovery phase to reimagining the world going forward," Nadella said.
Nadella's comments come as governments around the world continue their struggles to combat and contain the coronavirus, which has killed more than 319,000 patients worldwide and infected nearly 5 million people since it was first detected in December. Hundreds of millions of people have been placed in isolation and widespread lockdowns in efforts to slow further spreading the virus and , many of which have been overrun with patients.
The worldwide fight against the virus has also led to the reduction in airline traffic; and even ., including the 2020 summer Olympics;
Microsoft decided to attempt holding its event entirely over the internet. Apple is planning to hold its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) . CNET's global team is covering Build and WWDC, as well as other conferences that have shifted online, just as we always do -- by providing real-time updates, commentary and analysis you can only get here., rather than cancel it all together, making it the first of the major tech giants to
For Microsoft, the shift online hasn't changed its effort to announce new updates to products like its Azure server technology. The company also said it's supporting efforts to combat the coronavirus, including by dedicating some of its computers to help the Folding@home project., and
"We are at an inflection point. As developers you have that opportunity as well as a responsibility to define what should be rebuilt, what should be reimagined and what should be left behind," Nadella said. "And we are already seeing developers have this impact."