The interactive Skype Bots that Microsoft first demoed in its Build 2016 are now available to try in the Skype desktop app. The preview versions of the bots, which are meant as a test to solicit feedback, will be accessible once users update to version 126.96.36.199 of the Skype desktop app (via WinSuperSite).
Once downloaded, you can add bots to your contact list by clicking the "Add bots…" button near the top of the Skype window. From there, you can pick from a number of preview bots, as seen in the screenshots below.
Once added, you can start a conversation with your chosen bot, which will first outline some basic phrases to try out.
It should be noted that we didn't receive the update automatically on our end. Rather, the update only came down after force-checking twice within the app — so you may have to initiate the check multiple times to start the download.
In any case, be sure to check out the bots and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Update: As noted by Microsoft, the preview bots are only currently available in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and the US.