I want to build a bot; where should I start?

To build a new bot using Azure Bot Service or the Bot Framework SDK and tools, get started at aka.ms/botbuilderoverview. You will find foundational information; guidance for planning, building and evaluating your bot; and next steps.

Azure Bot Service

Related questions and answers

  • The Bot Framework SDK provides an open architecture. You can build, connect, deploy and manage intelligent bots to naturally interact with your users on a website, app, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, Facebook Messenger and elsewhere.

  • Yes, aspects of each Virtual Assistant skill (Language Model, Dialogs, Integration Code and Language Generation) can be customised by customers and/or partners. The full source code is provided on GitHub.

  • Azure Bot Service allows you to create all kinds of bots, from internal corporate bots that help complete specific transactions to public-facing bots in channels like Skype, Facebook Messenger, Slack and Microsoft Teams that represent your brand and help improve customer service. Bots can be infused with the breadth of Azure cognitive services to enable vision, speech, text analytics, sentiment analysis and others. When necessary, bots can pass the conversations to human agents.

  • Botskills command line tool allows you to automate the connection between the Virtual Assistant and your Skills, which includes the process of updating your dispatch models and create authentication connections where needed.

    Learn more: https://microsoft.github.io/botframework-solutions/reference/skills/botskills/

  • To set up Enterprise Notifications for a Virtual Assistant, please check out: https://microsoft.github.io/botframework-solutions/howto/samples/enterprisenotifications/

  • Azure Bot Service complies with ISO/IEC 27001:2013, ISO/IEC 27018:2014, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Business Associate Agreement (HIPAA BAA), Health Information Trust Alliance Common Security Framework (HITRUST) and SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3.