5,000 developers, creators and entrepreneurs from around the world came together for F8, our annual conference about the future of technology.
Mark Zuckerberg opened the two-day event with a keynote on how we’re building a more privacy-focused social platform and then turned it over to leaders from Messenger, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram. Here are the highlights:
● A Faster, Lighter App
People expect their messaging apps to be fast and reliable. The re-engineered Messenger will begin to roll out later this year.
● A Desktop App for Messenger
People want to seamlessly message from any device, and sometimes they just want a little more space to share and connect with the people they care about most. The new Messenger Desktop app both Windows and MacOS will be roll out globally later this year.
● Better Ways to Connect with Close Friends
There will be a dedicated space where you can discover Stories and messages with closest friends and family. This will roll out later this year.
● A Fresh Design
A fresh new design for Facebook that’s simpler, faster, more immersive and puts your communities at the center. People will start seeing some of these updates in the Facebook app right away, and the new desktop site will come in the next few months.
● Putting Groups First
This redesign makes it easy for people to go from public spaces to more private ones, like Groups.
- Redesigned Groups tab to make discovery easier.
- Making it easier to participate in Groups.
- New features to support specific communities.
- Connecting with Your Secret Crush
● Business Catalog
In the months ahead people will be able to see a business catalog right within WhatsApp when chatting with a business. With catalogs, businesses can showcase their goods so people can easily discover them.
● The Ability to Shop from Creators
Starting next week, you can shop inspiring looks from the creators you love without leaving Instagram. Anyone in our global community will be able to shop from creators.
● A New and Improved Camera
In the coming weeks, a new camera design including Create Mode, which gives you an easy way to share without a photo or video. This new camera will make it easier to use popular creative tools like effects and interactive stickers, so you can express yourself more freely.