The key takeaways from the 2016 Facebook F8 Developer Conference

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Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference 2015

On Tuesday 12th April 2016, Mark Zuckerberg delivered yet another compelling keynote at the annual Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Fransisco. The two-day event was the perfect opportunity for Facebook’s chairman and co-founder to share their latest developments and his vision on the company’s future.

What summarised the whole event was his ending address, where he expressed Facebook’s ambition “to connect the whole world; to ‘build bridges’ between people.” 

Facebook’s 10 year roadmap showed how the company has evolved to date and gave the audience an insight into what the next five years in Facebook world look like.

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The 10 year roadmap demonstrates the direction Facebook is moving.

The major announcements made by Mark Zuckerberg and his team were organised around several themes:

Changes to Facebook and Facebook Messenger 

Zuckerberg addressed some of the changes that are being made to increase engagement and how people use Facebook. This included features such as video profile ‘images’ and saving external websites links to read later on Facebook.

He also showed us how ‘bots’ will provide automatic – text and image – customer service on Facebook Messenger, emphasising that bots will provide a more natural form of communication than emails for example. The recent announcement of KLM partnering with Facebook Messenger to use those services are only the beginning of what is set to unlock a whole new range of possibilities for Facebook to monetise through Messenger.

Beyond the social platform – cutting-edge technologies 

With the release of their VR headset Oculus Rift earlier this year, it is already well documented that Facebook want to be the authority in VR. This was confirmed at the F8 Developer conference with the announcement of a set of touch controllers that allow users to touch and manipulate objects in virtual applications.

For more info on all the announcements at this year’s F8, head here