Like many/most other businesses, Microsoft has had to significantly restructure during the pandemic, closing most offices and requiring workers to work from home. However, that appears to be finally coming to an end, according to an email to employees from the company's Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela (via GeekWire).
Microsoft is planning to "fully reopen" its Washington state facilities, including its Redmond campus, and Capossela told workers in a post this morning that:
“From this date, employees will have 30 days to make adjustments to their routines and adopt the working preferences they’ve agreed upon with their managers”
Microsoft initially instituted a mandatory work from home policy for its employees in March 2020, and partially reopened again back in March of 2021, but has delayed a full opening a number of times due to the continuing pandemic crisis. Still the company is continuing to offer digital only conferences, like the newly announced Inspire 2022, and it still may be quite some time, if ever, that the company (or the world, for that matter) returns to a pre-2022 "normal."
(Update: Microsoft has published the full Capossela post, you can read it on the Official Microsoft Blog).