Microsoft serves up DIY bot development

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella used his Build 2016 keynote to suggest a new road to what he calls a “more personal computing,” suggesting we need to think of “conversations as a platform” and interact with sites and services beyond the traditional app and Web browser. Key to that new platform are a new generation of conversational apps built on many years of computing research, called “bots.” [ Satya Nadella bets the future on AI | The InfoWorld review: Azure Machine Learning is for pros only | Get a digest of the day’s top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]While the experimental Tay bot Microsoft unleashed on Twitter last week may have been a failure, general-purpose chat bots are increasingly powerful tools that provide interactive services on platforms such…


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