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Microsoft is Reportedly Planning a Six-Phase Re-opening of Its Offices in US on January 19, 2021

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With Covid-19 Crisis hardly showing any sign of slowing down, many tech giants like Google and Apple have extended their work from option until next year.

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  • Last Updated: August 1, 2020, 10:56 AM IST

Microsoft has reportedly chosen January 19, 2021, as the date for reopening its US offices. According to The Verge, the tech giant is planning a “hybrid workplace” for a six-phase reopening of its offices. “Stage six will be when offices are ready to fully reopen for employees to return to work,” the report said on Friday. The six stages are: Closed; Mandatory working from home; Working from home strongly encouraged; Soft opening; Open with restrictions and finally, Open. “In the US, we have established that the earliest possible date for Stage 6 is now January 19, 2021,” read an internal memo from Kurt DelBene, Microsoft’s head of corporate strategy.

“Our goal for Stage 6 is to return to normal operations while being prepared to back off to an earlier stage if a significant resurgence in the virus occurs,” the memo added. Google is planning to keep its employees working remotely until July 2021 while Apple employees will not return to offices until early next year. With the COVID-19 pandemic hardly showing any sign of slowing down, Google said it would allow employees to work from home till the middle of next year if their roles permit.”To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees, according to a CNBC report.

In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out a detailed remote-working plan to make half of his 50,000-strong workforce work from home by 2030. According to him, about half of Facebook employees would work from home five to 10 years from now. While Amazon and Apple expect their employees to return to their respective offices in January, most other tech companies have also allowed work from home till the end of the year.


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Amazon Extends Work From Home Policy Until January 2021 as Covid-19 Cases Surge in US

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Amazon said that its latest work from policy applies to its white-collar workforce and not the warehouse workers who have been working through the Covid-19 crisis.

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  • Last Updated: July 16, 2020, 11:52 AM IST

Amazon has announced that it will allow employees to work from home until January 8, 2021, joining several major tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Apple that have already announced work from home policies through the end of this year. While the company’s corporate offices will continue to remain open, an Amazon spokesperson said that “employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so.”

Amazon added that it invested “significant funds and resources” to keep those who choose to come to the office safe through physical distancing, deep learning, temperature checks, and by providing face coverings and hand sanitizer. Amazon’s latest decision comes after the company said in May that employees who could do their jobs remotely are permitted to do so until at least October 2.

However, the company reiterated that the work from policy applies to its white-collar workforce and not the warehouse workers, among other hourly and contract workers, who have been working through the Covid-19 pandemic. Interestingly, Amazon has come under fire a number of times for its inadequate handling of public health and safety conditions in its warehouses, after a number of warehouse workers died from Covid-19. Last month, a few Amazon employees also filed a lawsuit alleging that the company put them and their families at risk of Covid-19 infection. Since then, Amazon improved its public health and worker safety protections by extending hourly employee pay increases, among other measures.


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Motorola Razr Set to Launch on February 6, Pre-orders Begin From January 26

The Moto Razr is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, houses a 2510 mAh battery, and runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

Motorola Razr Set to Launch on February 6, Pre-orders Begin From January 26
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Motorola’s upcoming foldable phone the Motorola Razr will be launched on February 6, while the pre-orders for the device will begin from January 26. In an earlier tweet, the brand had informed about how one can register to buy the phone at the earliest, “#FeelTheFlip of an immersive experience with the revolutionary flex view display of the all-new #MotorolaRazr. Register now and #bethefirst to get all the latest updates about the #Razr”.

The handset features a flexible 6.2-inch OLED HD+ (2142×876 pixels) display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. It can be folded in half and there are no gaps when you fold the phone. There is a secondary 2.7-inch (800×600 pixels) ‘Quick View’ display on the outside which offers functionality like checking your messages and notifications, take selfies, control music, trigger the Google Assistant and more.

It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 SoC with 6GB of RAM. The battery is rather small, rated at 2510mAh and only supports 15W fast charging via a USB Type-C port. In the camera department, you get a 16-megapixel f/1.7 camera that can also act as a selfie camera when the phone is folded. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the inside placed in the main display notch. This can also be used to take selfies for times when you don’t want to close the phone. Moto has also added features like Night Vision and AI algorithms to improve photo quality. The handset runs on Android 9.0 Pie and offers the ability to automatically move content from the outer display to the primary display when you flip the phone open. There is also a physical fingerprint scanner placed on the bottom chin of the device. Motorola will be selling the handset in the US for $1500 (Rs 1,07,000 approx) and eventually to other markets this year.