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San Francisco : Meta has announced it will not hold its major Facebook F8 developer conference this year, as it prepares for new initiatives towards the Metaverse.

Instead Meta will hold its “opening business messaging event” on May 19, called The Conversation.

“Similar to previous years, we are taking a brief break in programming and will not hold F8 in 2022, while we are gearing up on new initiatives that are all designed in line with the next chapter of the Internet and the next chapter of our company : building the Metaverse,” Meta said in a blog post late Wednesday.

“Similar to the early stages of the web, building the Metaverse will be a collaborative effort at every stage – with other companies, creators and developers like you,” he said.

Following the inaugural business messaging event on May 19, the company will hold a ‘Connect’ event later this year, “where we will share the latest on our VR, AR and Metaverse platform offerings”.

The Google I/O development conference will take place May 11-12 while Apple will hold its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC22) from June 6-10 and both will be online.

IFA 2022 is scheduled to be an in-person event in early September.

Meta said that “similar to the early stages of the web, building the Metaverse will be a collaborative effort at every level – with other companies, creators and developers like you”.

 

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