How is this different from Cortana, Alexa or Google Assistant?
Virtual Assistant is different from Cortana, Alexa or Google Assistant because it lets you build a virtual assistant that embodies your brand personality. It also ensures ownership of all data resulting from customer interactions across a broad range of channels.
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For new conversational experiences, use Bot Framework SDK V4. Whereas customers found the dialogue models in Bot Framework SDK V3 to be too rigid and constraining, Bot Framework SDK V4 is modular and extensible. It provides the foundation for bot templates and solution accelerators. If you already have Bot Framework SDK V3 bots in production, they’ll continue to work as is for the foreseeable future. Learn more on the Bot Framework FAQ page
With Microsoft, you get powerful conversational AI and natural language understanding, open-source Bot Framework, enterprise-grade support, and complete ownership and control of your data.
QnA Maker helps you create a bot that conversationally answers questions covered in your documentation, such as an FAQ page. Learn more about how QnA Maker works
Yes, bots support speech through a Direct Line Speech channel.
To use the Virtual Assistant Android Client, please check out: https://microsoft.github.io/botframework-solutions/howto/samples/vaclient_android/
You can see the comprehensive feature set for the Virtual Assistant Android Client here: https://microsoft.github.io/botframework-solutions/reference/samples/vaclient_android/
The Skill manifest enables skills to be self-describing in that they communicate the name and description of a skill, its authentication requirements if appropriate, along with the discrete actions that it exposes.
This manifest provides all of the metadata required for a calling bot to know when to trigger invoking a skill and what actions it provides. The manifest is used by the skill command line tool to configure a bot to make use of a skill.