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Facebook F8 2017 Developer Conference: Here’s what to expect from the social media giant

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to address the F8 2017 keynote which kicks off at 10:30PM IST today and will be available to live stream. Here’s everything that is expected from Facebook’s annual developer conference.

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Facebook, the social media giant, is all set to host its annual developer conference, F8 2017, later today. This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the conference. The event will take place in San Jose at 10:30PM IST today and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will address the keynote to lay out plans and updates from some of the key initiatives. Zuckerberg is likely to talk about a range of different topics such as artificial intelligence, Messenger, live video and more. Also Read - Meta opens new office in Gurugram, to skill 1 crore small businesses, 2,50,000 creators

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Over the years, F8 Developer Conferences focused on Messenger, and other services from Facebook, and the same is expected this time around too. According to a report on Business Insider, Facebook may shed some light on its efforts to bring internet to remote places across the globe, hardware efforts including cameras and augmented reality among others. For those sitting at home, the conference will be available to live stream and you can watch it by visiting Also Read - Big threat for Google, Twitter, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn users

What to expect from Facebook F8 2017 Developer Conference

Messenger: In 2015, Facebook opened its Messenger platform by making it available for the third-party developers. Last year, the company announced Bots for Messenger. For this year, Bots could still be the center stage, and artificial intelligence (AI) could be a big part of it. The company has already rolled out its M Suggests AI-based personal assistant and we can expect to hear a lot more about it. ALSO READ: Apple, Google, Facebook will dominate the world by 2075: Steve Wozniak

Facebook App: The flagship app has already received a handful of new features over the past one year be it the recent addition of Snapchat-like Stories feature, reaction buttons, or the alternate news feed marked with rocket ship icon which is under testing. The alternative news feed brings articles and posts from sources you haven t followed yet, but Facebook algorithms think you may like. Facebook could shed more light on how this alternative news feed works and may possibly announce its formal rollout too. ALSO READ: Here s why people have different persona on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Fake News: Now, Fake News has been one of the most debated topics over the past few months. Facebook has already made some strides to educate how to identify and flag fake news, and more initiatives around the same can be expected in this year s keynote.

Virtual Reality: Beyond Oculus, a lot of other news around virtual reality (VR). Facebook has been testing Social VR for quite some time now, and it has already teased the same at last year s F8 conference and at the Oculus Connect conference a few months ago. From what we know so far, it could let you chat with your friends in the virtual world, visiting different places across the globe. ALSO READ: Sure, Facebook Messenger crosses 1.2 billion monthly active users, but what next?

At today s event, some updates on this ambitious project, its software, progress and release date could be expected. And now that Hugo Barra has joined the VR division, it would come as a surprise if he offers a small teaser at how it works.

Facebook Live: Facebook has been trying hard to position itself as a video and content creator. It has made Live videos available for everyone, and is also giving a big push to promote video content. At the F8 2017 Developer Conference, Facebook could throw in some numbers around the number of Live videos, viewer engagement, new features and optimizations among others. We wouldn t be surprised if Facebook announces some news around 360-degree videos too. ALSO READ: Facebook Messenger introduces group payments

There are rumors that Facebook may also announce offline version of Instagram, a new camera effects platform, and a voice control assistant like Amazon s Alexa and Google Home.

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  • Published Date: April 18, 2017 9:56 AM IST

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