Meta is skipping F8 developer conference to focus on building the metaverse

Shawn Knight

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In brief: Facebook parent company Meta will not host its annual F8 developer conference this year. It will be the first time the company has skipped an F8 conference in nearly a decade, and it's not because of the pandemic.

Diego Duarte Moreira, director of products and partnerships at Meta, said the company is taking a brief break to gear up on new initiatives tailored for the next chapter of the Internet: the metaverse.

Facebook last skipped the conference in 2013 and hasn't held an in-person F8 since 2019. The 2020 and 2021 shows were both virtual events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The social networking giant has been going hard in the paint on its metaverse initiative as of late. Late last year, the company changed its corporate name from Facebook to Meta and has already started building what it believes will be the fastest supercomputer in the world.

Not everyone is convinced Meta's vision for the metaverse is accurate.

At SXSW last month, former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé said he didn't believe the company's definition of the metaverse was going to be successful. Microsoft chief Satya Nadella a month earlier more or less said the metaverse is just gaming.

Developers looking to get some guidance from Meta in the absence of F8 are encourage to check out the company's other upcoming events including Conversations on May 19 and Connect later this year. Information on other events and hackathons can be found over on Meta's developer portal.

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umbala

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Every time I heard the buzzword "metaverse" I can't help but laugh. What a joke. This nonsense is going to be about as successful as those 3D TVs nobody was buying or those VR helmets that have been in development for like a decade and still suck.
 

psycros

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I hope they bet the farm on virtual unreality. So much so that Elon can swoop in and buy them for a song. Imagine...the Elonverse! LOL
 

emmzo

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Every time I heard the buzzword "metaverse" I can't help but laugh. What a joke. This nonsense is going to be about as successful as those 3D TVs nobody was buying or those VR helmets that have been in development for like a decade and still suck.
VR gear is actually pretty good and it's improving. While I absolutely love it for gaming, trading your life for a virtual one is a purely trash idea.
 
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