Microsoft Launches Skype Bots For Mac And Web Clients In AI And Search Assistant Harmony
Microsoft introduced Skype Bots earlier in the month at Microsoft's Build 2016 conference as a way to enhance the Skype experience and also to showcase how these
Now bots are coming to Skype on Mac in preview form. If you want to check them out, make sure you're running the latest version of Skype, then head over to the Contacts menu. Select "Add Bot...." to see a list of available bots. If one catches your eye, add it to your Contacts and start chatting. Bots are also available for the web version of Skype. If you're using Skype for Web, select "Discover Bots" on the left toolbar and you'll see a list of available bots.
Microsoft also added two new bots to the fray. The first is the aforementioned Murphy bot and the second is Summarize, which is designed to give an overview of a website when you don't have time to read the whole thing. Neither are game changers, but they're fun distractions, albeit they need some work.
Several of the questions we asked Murphy, such as "What if bots ruled the world?," were met with pauses followed by dead ends.
"Wait, I'm still learning and this question is taking a while. I might have to get back to you later on this one...," Murphy replies when stumped.
The takeaway? Bots are fun, but far from ready for world dominance.