Bots as a service come to Microsoft’s Azure

Arif Bacchus

Lili Cheng, a Distinguished Engineer at the Artificial Intelligence and Research Group has taken to the Microsoft Azure Blog to announce the new Azure Bot Service. The announcement comes after the launch of the Bot Framework on Github in March, and marks a way for Microsoft to make it easier for software developers to get started creating a bot.

The Azure Bot Service will become the first public cloud bot-service powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and serverless compute in Microsoft Azure. According to Lili Cheng, “With this cloud service, you can build, connect, deploy and manage intelligent bots that interact naturally wherever your users are talking.”  Bots will also scale based on demand, meaning you will only pay for the resources your bots consume. Thanks to an integrated developer experience designed for bot development, and integrated continuous deployment, Bots also will help you boost operational efficiency, and accelerate development cycles. Lastly, thanks to Microsoft Cognitive Services, plus  built-in configurable channels to improve your customer interactions and increase your reach to more customers, your bots will also be enriched.

Microsoft has made significant advances over the last few years in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning. In fact, the company recently announced that it has partnered with Elon Musk’s Open AI to help make Azure a better AI platform.  To learn more about Azure Bot Service, be sure to head over to this official Microsoft web page. And, to get started with it today, sign up for an Azure Trial. Also be sure to give Microsoft your feedback via the UserVoice, and check out the official documentation.