• 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...
  • Using the new Facebook Messenger 1.2 Features with Bot Framework

    This week, Facebook announced new v1.2 updates to their Facebook Messenger bot platform including new capabilities for developers. Bot Framework’s design allows you to take advantage of several of these features immediately, and we’ll make it even easier to use them as we add native support over time. Bot Framework...
  • Skype says Hello to new bots

    Skype has always been the home for your most important conversations. At this year’s Microsoft Build Conference, CEO Satya Nadella showed us the beginning of a new world. A universe where technology works with your everyday conversations to make life easier, more productive, and fun. In April we released a...
  • Microsoft Bot Framework July Update - Cards, and New Skype, Slack, and Facebook Bot Features

    The industry is abuzz with news about bots and bot events. Of recent note, the Botness conference was a resounding success as was the Skype Hackathon held June 21-22 in the Valley. The energy and participation at these events has been inspiring and invigorating! Today, we are releasing an important...

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