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Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently

The company will offer more flexibility to workers when its offices eventually reopen, it revealed in a blog post.

Microsoft employees may get the chance to work from home permanently.
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Most Microsoft employees are still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the tech giant will apparently offer them more freedom to do so when its offices reopen. The company circulated "hybrid workplace" guidance internally that suggests more flexibility, before posting it on its blog Friday.

Managers will be able to approve permanent remote work, and employees who take that option will give up their assigned office space but be able to work in certain areas if and when they come into the office. In addition, employees will seemingly be able to work from home freely if they spend 50% of their work hours at the office.

Workers whose jobs are linked to hardware labs, data centers and in-person training will need to retain access to the company's offices.

"Our goal is to evolve the way we work over time with intention-guided by employee input, data, and our commitment to support individual workstyles and business needs while living our culture," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement.

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