• New chatbot assists educators with quick and easy access to Office 365 training and teaching resources

    This is a guest post from Dr. Iris Yuster, Senior Business Development Manager, Microsoft Educator Community. The Microsoft Educator Community recently launched a new bot built with the Bot Framework to provide educators with a personal human-like assistant that can direct them quickly to relevant content. One of the key...
  • New Bot Framework features and updates

    It’s an exciting day at Bot Framework headquarters as we release our brand new Channel Inspector, a new Bot Framework Emulator, and a big batch of updates for our Direct Line and Web Chat channels! Channel Inspector If you develop on the Bot Framework platform, you may already know how...
  • Direct Line performance improvements

    Many of you know about the Direct Line API – it’s the easiest way to embed your bot in your own mobile app, webpage, or server-to-server application. Direct Line is also used within the Bot Framework Web Chat control, and we’ve got updates to share with you about both Direct...
  • More Ways to Make Smart Bots

    Today we’re excited to announce we are releasing two new offerings designed to make it easier for you to create smart bots. Here’s a bit more about each: QnA Maker Service Brought to you by the same engineers that develop Bing, our latest addition to Microsoft Cognitive Services, QnA Maker...
  • New and Improved Bot Framework Emulator

    Hello! Today we released v3.5.22 of the Bot Framework Emulator. Summary of the major changes: Bot-Initiated Conversations – Bots can initiate new conversations with the user. Simplified App Settings – Emulator listening port and callback URL are now managed internally by the app. Added Remaining System Events – You can...
  • Microsoft Bot Framework November Update – Cross Platform Emulator App, Enhanced Direct Line REST API, Updated SDKs, Card Types and new Azure Bot Service (Preview)

    We’ve made a number of enhancements in the November Bot Framework Update all of which are designed to help you build better bots faster. The enhancements fall into two categories – those in Bot Framework and those in Azure Bot Service (Preview), a new offering created in partnership with our...
  • Microsoft Teams Available in Bot Framework

    There’s a new channel in town – Microsoft Teams. Announced earlier today, Microsoft Teams, the chat-based workspace for Office 365 is now in preview. You will find Teams in the list of channels on which your bot can talk in the Bot Framework developer portal effective immediately. You can read...
  • New Bing and Cognitive Services APIs samples added to the Bot Builder samples repo

    This week, we added new sample bots to our Bot Builder-Samples GitHub repository, showcasing how some Bing and Cognitive Services APIs for vision, speech and search can help developers build smarter conversational interfaces. Sample Description API used Sample link Image Caption Takes an image as input and provides a description...
  • Botmetrics adds support for the Bot Framework

    As bots become an important part of how people are productive and have fun, bot analytics are becoming ever more important to the bot developer. What did my bot’s traffic look like? Who is using my bot? What channels are most popular? For web pages, the tools for web analytics...
  • New Bot Builder SDK samples released!

    Last week we’ve released a new set of Bot Builder SDK samples in a dedicated GitHub repository. The new Bot Builder samples are organized into groups (core, cards, intelligence, demo) and are designed to illustrate task-focused samples in C# and Node.js to help you build great bots. A snapshot of...

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