Facebook has announced the cancellation of its annual F8 Developer Conference, with concern over the evolving coronavirus health crisis.
In addition to Facebook & # 39; s annual Oculus Connect event, the F8 Developer Conference is the largest and best event to find out more about augmented reality and VR developments of the software and social media giant, bringing the peculiarity cancellation is significant for the compelling computer room.
"Given the growing concern about COVID-19, we made the difficult decision to cancel the personal person part of F8 2020," said Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, director of developer platforms and programs of Facebook, in a statement .
"This was a difficult decision to make ̵
Facebook's move follows the cancellation of the massively visited Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, in February (where Microsoft launched HoloLens 2 last year). In recent days, several large companies, including Sony Unity and Facebook, have chosen to cancel their participation in the annual Game Developers Conference, which is currently scheduled for March 16 in San Francisco.
Just before Facebook's announcement on Thursday, Microsoft's Game Stack team announced it would also withdraw from the Game Developers Conference.
"After a thorough evaluation of guidance by global health authorities and with great caution, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from participating in Game Developers Conference 2020 in San Francisco," the company said. "The health and safety of players, developers, employees, and partners around the world is our top priority. Especially since the world is facing growing health risks associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)."
However, Microsoft will move at least some of its digital-only meetings from March 16 to March 18, in addition to developer sessions that can stream viewers online.
Facebook & # 39; s F8 event is said to have started on May 5 in San Jose, California. Given Facebook's long lead time for the event and the decision to cancel it today, many other major technical conferences where AR and VR companies are hosted will now be in the spotlight. These include the Game Developers Conference, South by Southwest, starting March 13 in Austin, Texas, and AWE, scheduled for May 27 in Santa Clara, California, just a few weeks after the launch of Facebook & # 39; s now canceled event.
And while Apple & # 39; s annual WWDC event usually only starts in June, when some experts hope that corona virus spread has recovered, the event is close enough that Apple can also consider the options as events unfold.
On the positive side, this could also be the perfect opportunity for Facebook to show off the power of its AR and VR tools to hold a virtual attendance conference, allowing developers and end users to meet via avatars and virtual screens. Such an effort would be a huge undertaking, even in virtual space, but it could also serve as the best demonstration of why Facebook's AR and VR platforms are the future.
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