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Microsoft launches coronavirus tracking website

Microsoft on Monday launched a web portal dedicated to tracking coronavirus infections worldwide, with "up-to-date infection statistics" for each country. Built by Microsoft's Bing team that worked from home, the portal aggregates data from sources like WHO and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

16th March 2020 | 02:07 PM (IST)
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As the world grapples with the continuous spread of coronavirus, more companies are making tools to keep people informed about the pandemic. Earlier today, Microsoft rolled out a new live dashboard to track the COVID-19 outbreak.

The company said it’s aggregating data for the dashboard from trusted sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The dashboard might look like plenty of other trackers out there, but I appreciate just how mobile-friendly it is. Other dashboards have been quite informative, but they are mostly meant for desktop — so it’s quite hard to track these updates on your phone.

Plus, if you tap on a particular country, Microsoft’s dashboard shows localized information, including the latest news stories and videos. This is quite handy for when you want to know if the local government has issued new directives for public health and safety.

Google is also reportedly building a site to inform people about the coronavirus outbreak. However, that site aims to be more like an information center for people living in the US, rather than a dashboard.

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16th March 2020 | 02:07 PM (IST)
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