In a short video on twitter, Bob Bejav, CVP of Events at Microsoft, explained how the COVID-19 pandemic pushed Microsoft to make 2 years of advances in virtual events in 8 weeks.

The result was an event where 95% of presenters were doing their presentations from home, and where attendees when from 80% USA and 20% Rest of the World to 35% USA and 65% RoW, resulting in a much more inclusive product.

In a tweet, Microsoft’s Frank X Shaw revealed the move has resulted in great engagement with 93,000 engaged users with an average viewing duration of 161 minutes.

See the short video below:

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