The services provided on Skype go beyond mere video chats and voice call features. Microsoft’s recent launch of a new feature to its Skype messaging app, called Skype Bots, at the Build 2016 conference, will open up a new way to bring products, services, entertainment and expertise into messaging on Skype.
The sheer objective is to help users on Skype to chat and interact more effectively with others to identify places, people and things in their messages. The Bot acts as the virtual assistance within Cortana-integrated Skype. Apart from manifesting a lot of related information about other people, the new feature can perform other tasks such as travel and hotel bookings, calendar management, etc.
It was reported by GSM Arena that the Skype Bots feature is currently in the messaging mode, but will soon be available for video and audio calling. Skype fans will be happy to know that the new feature will soon be available on iOS, Windows and Android OS. (Also read this)
According to 9to5mac, developers can use a new API, SDK and Workflows to build the bots. The feature will be available as a preview release, so users can test it using some initial bots, which are available in Skype apps. If you are using an iPhone, go to the contacts page and select search for accessing the new feature.
Right now, the bots is available for Bing Images, Bing News and Bing Music. More will become available when developers start to sync bots with other areas. Download the latest Skype app for iPad and iPhone to try out bots now.
Meanwhile, the Business App SDK on Skype is designed to bring business-owned apps running on Android and iOS. This means the new feature will help to successfully establish communications between a mobile device user and a doctor or financial adviser from a remote location. Microsoft call it’s the “remote advisor experiences”, reports Tech Crunch.
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