Get an overview of the Microsoft Bot Framework and the various channels such as Skype, Facebook, and Slack that Bots built with it can be plugged into.
- [Instructor] Although as a developer you might be familiar with the concept of bots, you may not be familiar with Microsoft's bot framework at this point. And although it got a lot of press at the most recent Microsoft Build conference for developers, it's actually a fairly robust framework that's now in its third full version. And although pieces of the framework remain in beta, and as new channels come online they're considered in beta, it's a fairly robust framework that we'll be using for these sessions.
One more quick note before we get started. There are currently a large number of channels that are supported for bot integration, and this really means what clients are available for you to deploy your bot to. Additional ones are coming online all the time, but the ones that are going to be supported currently for this session are Skype, web, email, Facebook, GroupMe, Kik, Slack, Telegram, and Twilio. There's also what they call a direct line app integration that gives us the ability to integrate the back end of the bot framework and the intelligence of the bot framework into our own apps, for example, even in our own iOS, Android, or Windows Store apps.
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- Installation and setup