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"Microsoft just told us we not going back into the office until October. Even then it's optional. We are nowhere close to the end of [COVID-19] #trustthedata #webelieveinscience," Kam Dillard, a Microsoft employee, wrote in a Tuesday tweet.
Microsoft confirmed to FOX Business that when state COVID-19 "restrictions lift, working from home will remain optional through October unless employees are in an essential role or local authorities mandate otherwise."
The move mirrors an announcement from Amazon, which last week told employees they may work from home through Oct. 2 if their jobs allow them to do so.
Microsoft executives told Seattle employees in early March to work from home as the country's first COVID-19 cases started popping up in Washington.
The tech giant started to encourage more employees to work from home throughout March, and by early April, all Micorosft employees were sent home.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been vocal from the beginning of the pandemic about how he thinks the U.S. should respond to the crisis and best practices for people on how to avoid contracting COVID-19.