Microsoft today launched a series of bots into the Skype Bot directory on their Android, Windows, iOS, Mac and Web apps. Now, rather than switching between different apps or clicking through multiple Web pages, you can use the bots to get things done. Microsoft recently announced a major update to its Bot Framework. Read about it here.
Skype team partnered with Skyscanner to create a bot that will help you in planning a trip. The Skyscanner Bot lets you search for flights either individually or as part of a group, returning live prices and route options within Skype, based on location suggestions like “Paris in July” or “Spain.”
Other bots they are adding are listed below,
- They worked with StubHub to develop a simple way to find your tickets to an amazing event. Add the StubHub Bot to find tickets to some of life’s most memorable artists, athletes, performers and experiences—all in one chat. StubHub for Skype makes finding your next great experience as easy as chatting with friends.
- The IFTTT Bot will keep you informed with automated messages from the apps, devices, and websites you love based on the triggers of your choice, including breaking news, the weather, social media notifications, someone at your door, and more.
- Add the Hipmunk Bot to inspire your next getaway by giving you the best flight, hotel, and general travel advice based on your specific preferences, such as price, vacation theme, or minimizing travel agony.
- You can even take a virtual Trek to the Stars! Chat with Spock, second in command of the USS Enterprise, to learn the ways of Vulcan logic.