Following up on the Botness conference and Skype Hackathon last month, Microsoft has released a new update for the Microsoft Bot Framework just yesterday. With droves of feedback in favor of bot development, the newest version supports some awesome new features for Skype Bot developers to play around with.
- Groups - Bots are now able to take part and reply to group conversations.
- Cards - Bots can be programmed to support the use of visual cards with images, carousels, and receipts.
- Natural Language - Using the current preview of Bing Entity and Intent detection, Skype Bots will now be able to detect natural language.
- Third-party Authentication - Developers can enable third-party authentication to verify user's credentials and have them sign in via a card.
With the use of Microsoft Bot Framework, your Skype Bots can be published and submitted through the bot directories. Developers can also access bot building resources through the Framework's hub.
To learn more about how to update to the new framework, visit the official page.