Message.io, a bot translation tool and syndication service provider founded last year, enables developers to quickly port and scale their bots to work on numerous enterprise messaging platforms without making coding changes. It is partnering with Microsoft so that bots built for other messaging platforms will work on Teams within Office 365 (not to mention on Microsoft's Skype for Business).
Microsoft launched its Azure Bot Services to give bot creators the option to move their bots into the cloud and let Microsoft handle server and storage issues, the company announced today.
The service was created, according to Microsoft FUSE Labs general manager Lili Cheng, to “give you the operational agility to run and handle scale as your bots grow in popularity and you only pay for what you use. Moreover, you also don’t need to worry about provisioning or managing servers that run your bots. Patching and infrastructure maintenance is handled for you — you focus on writing code.”
The Microsoft Bot Framework can make bots that operate on more than half a dozen platforms including Skype, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger, and Kik. Bots that use Azure Bot Service will automatically be added to the Microsoft Bot Directory.