Microsoft announces bot support for Mac and web versions of Skype

Microsoft announces bot support for Mac and web versions of Skype

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it has rolled out bot support for Skype versions for the Mac and web. Bots chiefly refer to services which use artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for sending responses to users, including chat-like responses.

The announcement that Skype chat bots have now come to the Mac and web implies that Microsoft has completed the cross-platform rollout of Skype chat bots. The company has already released client previews with Skype bot capabilities for Android, iOS and Windows Skype clients in the last few weeks.

In announcing bot support for Skype’s Mac and web versions, Microsoft said that the previews are presently limited only to some specific regions, including the US, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, India, and Singapore.

According to the details shared by Microsoft, Skype for Mac client users can find bots by using the ‘Contacts’ interface; while Skype for Web client users can find bots from the options titled ‘Discover Bots.’

Meanwhile, with bots having become a modern tech industry trend, an extensive bots vision for developers was offered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella -- at the company's Build event held in March -- who urged developers to create "conversational computing" kind of applications.


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