Facebook’s F8 developer conference starts tomorrow: What to expect, how to watch, stay updated

With about 1.6 billion active users on Facebook in 2015, Facebook has a huge network of people that communicate and are looking for information. The plan is now to better connect enterprises with consumers and allow them to interact directly with users via chat (Facebook Messenger). Therefore, Facebook developed chatbots and a live chat API. This allows enterprises to integrate their services with Facebook Messenger.

Furthermore, Facebook is expected to announce enhanced video capabilities, instant articles (for publishers) and monetization strategies for developers. 

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We’re just one day away from Facebook’s 2016 F8 developer conference. The two-day event kicks off Tuesday, April 12 in San Francisco and while we have no official word on what Facebook will announce this year, we are able to glean some of what might be on offer from the published schedule and various media reports.

Chatbots and a Live Chat API for Messenger

Facebook Messenger has hit 900 million monthly active users and the company recently rolled out new features to its chat app, including Messenger Codes, Messenger Links, and Messenger Usernames to make it easier for people and businesses to communicate.

According to reports, Facebook also intends to make it easier for businesses to employ canned responses using chatbots in its app. Rumored to already have provided developers with API tools to build chatbots and Live Chat plugins, Facebook is likely to announce support for bots in Messenger during tomorrow’s F8 keynote.

Chatbots are not groundbreaking and it was…

Read the entire article from SiliconAngle here: Facebook’s F8 developer conference starts tomorrow: What to expect, how to watch, stay updated

 



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