Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, believes that the impact the pandemic has had on office work and business travel is here to stay.
In an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin at the New York Times DealBook conference, Gates explained “that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away.”
Moving forward, Gates predicts that business travel that requires someone to physically meet with someone else will have a very high threshold.
He added that he has experienced some of the downsides of working from home, such as the lack of socialization and meeting new people. Gates says he believes there’s a window of opportunity for software to support run-ins after meetings.
Many tech companies have already made the commitment to allowing their employees to work from home forever, while others have opted for a more hybrid approach, such as Microsoft itself.