A job listing at Microsoft reveals that the company is working on what it calls a 'Bing Concierge Bot' that sounds similar to the just announced Google Assistant.
Google revealed its AI-driven Assistant as part of its Google I/O 2016 developer conference this week, for a launch later this year. Google says it will give users real two-way conversations on search items, and that Assistant will be able to know the context of those chats to give users the right information.
"In Bing Concierge Bot Our team we are building a highly intelligent productivity agent that communicates with the user over a conversation platform, such as Skype, Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc. The agent does what a human assistant would do: it runs errands on behalf of the user, by automatically completing tasks for the user. The users talk to the agent in natural language, and the agent responds in natural language to collect all the information; once ready, it automatically performs the task for the user by connecting to service providers. For example, the user might ask 'make me a reservation at an Italian place tonight', and the agent will respond with 'for how many people?'; after several such back-and-forth turns it will confirm and book the restaurant that the user picked."
There's no word on when we could see Bing Concierge Bot arrive for consumers.