• Speech Support in Bot Framework - Webchat to Directline, to Cortana

    The Bot Framework now supports speech as a method of interacting with the bot across Webchat, the DirectLine channel, and Cortana. In this article we’ll go over the new capabilities, speech recognition priming using LUIS, and a new NuGet package we’ve released which supports speech recognition and synthesis on the...
  • Load testing a Bot

    One of the most common questions and requests we receive from the bot developer community is how developers can perform load testing on a bot. Previously we hadn’t documented this end-to-end, but now we’re providing an authorization scheme to implement load testing for your bots. This guide includes two sections:...
  • An Adaptive Cards sample in .NET

    Cards today One of the many new Bot Framework features we showcased at Build 2017 was Adaptive Cards. Modern ‘cards’ as a UI feature have existed for several years now, birthed by the advent of the modern web and mobile technologies. Most of us have interacted with cards on some...
  • Changing locale in a NodeJS bot

    Back in March we implemented a new feature in the BotBuilder SDK for NodeJS which allows developers to provide simple localization switching in their bots. This means your bot will be able to prompt your users for different language options. Using the Node SDK’s LocalizedRegExpRecognizer To add this feature, we...
  • Writing a Recognizer

    Last month, we announced new number recognizers for LUIS and that we were releasing them open source. In this article, we’ll go over the structure and core concepts of the Recognizers-Text library so that you can build your own! NOTE: We’ll be using the English Number Recognizer to show you...
  • Bot Framework presentations at Build 2017

    In case you weren’t able to attend this year’s Microsoft Build conference, we’ve put together a list of all of the Bot Framework presentations from Microsoft Build 2017 here in this post. We’re deeply proud of all of the new features and changes we’ve made to the Bot Framework, and...
  • Microsoft LUIS with Botkit Studio

    The Howdy team has released a new version of the Botkit Studio which provides seemless integration with Microsoft LUIS to make it easier for Bot developers to fully utilize the power of conversational AI via language understanding. Check out the official announcement. Providing a focused subset of LUIS’s features, the...
  • Bot Framework at Microsoft Build 2017

    New Channels, New Docs, New Ways to Make Great Bots Today, Microsoft is announcing numerous updates to the Bot Framework designed to help developers make great conversationalists. 1 New Channels Three new channels are available today, increasing your bot’s reach to even more of the Microsoft audience, as well as...
  • Bing Location Control v2 for Bot Framework

    Since the release of Bing Location Control for Bot Framework back in December 2016, we’ve been working continuously on adding on improvements and new features. We’ve since released location control v2.0.0 both npm and nuget modules for NodeJS and C# bot development respectively.   New features of Location Control v2...

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