New Channels, New Docs, New Ways to Make Great Bots
On May 10th, Microsoft announced 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 people engaged in many of the world’s most popular messaging experiences.
The Cortana channel enables you to extend Cortana by authoring Skills. Visit the Cortana developer portal to learn how to add your skills to Cortana.
The Bing channel allows users to discover and chat with your bot directly in the Bing search result page. Bing bots are authored using the Bot Framework and connected via the Bing channel. The Bing Bot development experience allows bot developers to publish their bots to Bing, where they appear in the Bing Bots Rich Answer. Users will…
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 roles of the bot is to help educators better engage with Office 365 and develop their teaching skills with Microsoft’s Office products.
Since the bot was added to the site in January, engagement with the bot has been high, with over 40,000 messages from educators being exchanged. Educators have found the bot to be human-like, valuable, and easy to use. They shared positive praise for its assistance and helpfulness. In fact, Microsoft is beginning to see a trend towards educators preferring to start their engagement on the site with the bot. Educators who use the bot during their visit to the site have 3-times longer session duration…
In the spring of 2016, Microsoft introduced you to a new world of conversational computing—where conversations become the new platform. This paradigm shift is enabling their machines to harness the power of human conversation, leading to endless improvements in efficiency, intelligence, and, of course, fun. In 2017, Microsoft can’t wait to show you how they’re pushing this shift even further.
At the forefront of this push is Skype. Since the emergence of conversational computing Microsoft has seen an ever-growing presence of bots. While they’re still in the early days of innovation, they believe that they’re truly changing the way consumers engage with their partners. And Microsoft partners? They’re already demonstrating this tidal shift.
One of those new partners is Expedia.com, coming soon to all Skype platforms. With the Expedia bot, you can easily search for hotels, quickly book, manage reservations, and confirm…
As a web developer you’ve inevitably come across situations in which a tool does not exist to assist you with a particular task. The thought of developing your own solution is enticing, especially if it gives you a chance to use a technology you’ve been interested in learning. Unfortunately it’s easy to dismiss implementing your own solution because of uncertainty in the amount of overhead that may be involved. That’s where Google Chrome Extensions come in.
Last month, Microsoft unveiled a new vision for the future of SharePoint, and today they’re pleased to release the new SharePoint mobile app for iOS. Install it now and take your intranet with you—your intranet in your pocket. Stay connected to important content, sites, portals and people from across your intranet while on the go. The SharePoint mobile journey starts now. This is a first step, and Microsoft is excited to continue to build on what we’ve started. Let’s dive in to the details.
Watch this episode of Microsoft Mechanics with Andy Haon, principal group program manager on the SharePoint engineering team, for an in-depth look at the SharePoint mobile app:
The SharePoint mobile app
The new SharePoint mobile app helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organization portals and resources, and even a view into what the…
In the few months since Microsoft acquired Xamarin, Scott Guthrie and Nat Friedman have laid out our roadmap that builds on the complementary strengths in mobile development and cloud services that made our companies great partners for years. Microsoft is excited to report that Visual Studio with Xamarin plus Azure is working. They have already seen a massive upswing in developer participation, and they’re receiving validation from outside the developer community, as well.
Yesterday, Gartner recognized Microsoft as a Leader in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. The designation reflects the fact that Microsoft’s Mobile Application Development Platform vision has expanded dramatically, evidenced by the Xamarin integration, enhancements to Azure App Service, and improved mobile DevOps capabilities.
Over the past year Microsoft has made incredible progress toward their vison of “Any developer, any app, any platform.” Developers need to balance the efficiency of a full-stack solution with the flexibility…
This Thursday, May 28th 2015, I was able to attend Google I/O Extended at their Cambridge Massachusetts campus. A special thanks to the Boston Android meetup group for the invitation!
Of course, Google had a plethora of announcements. Here are some of the most interesting ones I took away, in no particular order.
When choosing a Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution there are many features that need to be considered, along with pricing and hosting models. The world of MDM can be cumbersome and confusing, so it is important to understand what is out there.
The testing phase of mobile development is critical to the success of any application, and with the multitude of variations in both hardware and operating systems, this stage is arguably the most difficult to manage and execute properly. Fortunately there are a handful of useful tools that assist with the distribution and testing of mobile applications with the majority of these being free or free try. Each platform offers a unique set of functionality, so the best way to choose is experimenting with each one. Here are some of the best mobile testing platforms available today:
//build was a great event this year. Given that I’m the mobile guy I’m particularly excited that they started the day 1 keynote with Windows Phone and Windows 8 announcements.
Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft announced their latest version of Windows Phone, version 8.1, this new version is due out this summer and is compatible with all existing Windows Phone 8.0 devices. In addition manufacturers, such as Nokia, are coming out with new devices tailored to Windows Phone 8.1.