Following the footsteps of Apple, Microsoft is also closing its stores as part of an effort to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.
The move, according to a report in Windows Central, applies to all global outlets operated by the Redmond giant with immediate effect.
Here's all you need to know about it.
Microsoft's response to COVID-19
A few hours ago, Microsoft took to Twitter to announce the closure of all its store locations around the world to fight the community spread of coronavirus.
It noted that the move is being taken to protect the health and safety of "our customers and employees".
The company also sent out emails to customers to inform about the same.
Employees to be paid regularly, says Microsoft
In the email to customers, Microsoft noted that it will continue to pay all the employees hit by store closures for their regularly scheduled hours.
"During this unprecedented time, the best way we can serve you is to do everything we can to help minimize the risk of the virus spreading," the company said while explaining the decision.
No word on store reopening yet
As of now, there is no word on when the stores would reopen in the US or in any other country.
The note from Microsoft just says that the stores would remain closed 'until further notice,' which implies that the company would monitor the situation and then take a call on when to open the stores for the public.