Bots for Messenger Among Slew of Announcements at F8

As part of the new Messenger Platform, bots can provide anything from automated subscription content like weather and traffic updates, to customized communications like receipts, shipping notifications, and live automated messages.

This was one of many announcements made by Mark Zuckerberg and company at Facebook’s F8 2016 event.

Bots are hot right now—so hot they’re beng called the new apps. Microsoft and Kik are into them.

Other announcement made at F8 include an opened-up Live API, a Free Basics Simulator, and a Save Button, which lets people save interesting articles, products, videos, and more from around the web into their Saved folder on Facebook, where they can access it later from any device.