When the pandemic hit the United States early last year, companies scrambled to figure out what to do with their long-running in-person development events. For Apple and Microsoft, that meant going virtual – something companies have done with mixed results.
For Google, that meant calling all I / O. The company canceled the developer conference that was traditionally held every May in Mountain View, California’s coastal amphitheater.
“Concerned with the health and safety of our developers, employees and local communities – and in accordance with recent ‘sheltering’ orders from local Bay Area counties, we will unfortunately not be holding I / O. in any capacity. year, ”the company wrote at the time.
After a year off, the show is expected to return in virtual form. Google sent out its usual puzzle invitations today, noting that the event will be held May 18-20. (Props to 9-5 Google for resolution.) Like other online-only events from a recent vintage, this version of the Developer Conference will be free and open to everyone.
Google is joining a number of companies that continue to host virtual events in 2021. While an aggressive vaccine rollout has started here in the United States, there are still many questions and concerns surrounding the spread. of the virus at large gatherings – even those like I / O, which are traditionally held outdoors. Apple recently announced a second virtual version of WWDC, slated for June, while Microsoft Build runs May 25-27.