Microsoft lets you search the web with Skype bots


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
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As technology develops and our devices get smarter, more processes are becoming automated and simplified. The automation process is already happening, with the latest semi-automatic tools in Microsoft’s bots added to Skype.

Skype 7.22.0.107 comes with Microsoft’s bots

Semi-automated tools, also known as bots, are making their way to Skype as a part of Microsoft’s overall automation plans. Microsoft is determined to develop its own bots and to integrate them into Skype, with Microsoft unveiling and endorsing the future of bots during the Build 2016 conference. If you were intrigued by that future, you’ll be excited to know that it’s a little closer to reality: bots are available in the latest version of Skype.

Skype bots are currently available as a preview in version 7.22.0.107 of Skype. Before you rush and update Skype, we should mention that this feature is only currently available in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US. If you’re not located in any of these countries, you’ll have to wait a bit longer before you get the chance to see Microsoft’s bots in action.

After you’ve updated Skype to the latest version, you’ll notice a new Add bots button above your contact list. Skype bots won’t be enabled by default so if you wish to try them, you’ll have to add them manually. After adding a specific bot, you can start a conversation with it and ask it to search the web for music, news, or images using Bing.

In their current form, Skype bots are a small preview of a much bigger feature and although you won’t use them on a daily basis, bots are nonetheless a welcome addition to Skype. Bots will be a big part of Skype in the future and we can’t wait to see how will Microsoft enhance Skype in the upcoming updates.