During Build 2016, Microsoft announced its intent to build a repository for third-party chat bots made using its open source Bot Framework, and now the tech giant is accepting submissions from developers ahead of its launch. While Microsoft is mum on when this "Bot Directory" may go live, developers can now submit their bots for review ahead of launch. In addition, Microsoft says that it has added Facebook Messenger to the list of services that the bots can interact with.
Microsoft made the announcements in an email being sent out to developers:
The Bot Directory, the public directory of bots registered with Bot Framework, is now open to developers for bot submission and review. The Bot Directory itself isn't live yet, but when it is available, users will be able to discover, try, and add bots to their favorite conversation experiences.
Beginning today, those favorite conversation experiences can include Facebook Messenger. With the addition of Facebook Messenger as a supported channel, now your text, image, card, and button capable bots can reach more people across an even broader variety of the world's top conversation experiences – from Skype, to Slack to Text/SMS, Office 365 mail and more.
Microsoft also notes that it has already seen more than 20,000 signups from developers interested in developing bots using its framework. Once the Bot Directory is open, users will be able to easily peruse the lineup of bots available from developers everywhere for services like Skype, Slack, and now, Facebook Messenger.
Thanks to Merlin for the tip!